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Georgia officer fired after hit-and-run involving child

December 28, 2018

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A police officer in Georgia has been fired after he was charged in a hit-and-run incident that injured a 3-year-old child.

News outlets reported that 51-year-old Rome Lt. Richard Penson has been arrested and charged with reckless driving, hit-and-run and second-degree cruelty to children.

The police department said in a news release that Penson was off-duty and driving his own vehicle Dec. 17 when the accident occurred at a daycare pickup line and a child’s foot was hit.

It wasn’t known if Penson has an attorney.

Rome police asked the Georgia State Patrol to conduct the investigation.

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