- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) - A Polk County special-education teacher is in jail, accused of abusing two of her students with special needs.

WSB-TV reports (https://2wsb.tv/2kDNZSk ) 58-year-old Deborah Alford, a special education teacher at Westside Elementary School in Cedartown, was arrested in Alabama on Thursday and extradited to the Polk County Jail Friday. She faces three counts of cruelty to children and one count of battery. It was unknown if she’s represented by an attorney.

Police say there is school surveillance video of some of Alford’s alleged abuse. Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome says the video was disturbing, but he wouldn’t describe the physical contact seen in the video.

A school resource officer began investigating Jan. 23, shortly after a school staff member notified the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.

Polk County Schools Superintendent Darrell Wetherington says Alford, who’s served the district for 19 years, is currently on administrative leave.

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Information from: WSB-TV, https://www.wsbtv.com/index.html


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