Michael Walley, 29, finds himself on the other side of the law. The former Mobile Police officer is sitting in Metro Jail on two charges of child abuse. Walley is accused of beating a 6-year-old and 11-year-old with a long, metal construction level. The victims, both boys, are related to Walley.
"How would you describe the injuries to these small children?" asked NBC 15's Andrea Ramey.
"I would say significant bruising and some abrasions," replied Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson. "One is on the neck. One is on the back. One is on the knee."
Patterson says Walley lost his temper because someone in the house was sleeping and the boys were being too loud.
"Is there a concern this was on-going physical abuse, that there is more than one incident that occurred? Is that being investigated?" asked Ramey.
"Well, it is continuing to be investigated. It's still an open investigation," replied Patterson.
Mobile Police hired Walley in March 2016. He graduated the police academy that July. His law enforcement career came to an end Friday, the day he was arrested.
"Obviously, it was concerning to the Mobile Police Department that you have someone that they determined could lose their temper to such an extent that they would strike small children like this," said Patterson.
According to jail records, Walley will go before a judge on Thursday.