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Whacking a Teen With a Shoe: Jail Time for a Mississippi Caregiver

BROOKHAVEN, Miss.–Everybody gets angry, but when you’re in charge of taking care of teenagers, hitting one of them with a shoe is inexcusable and illegal, and that’s what’s sending a former Miss. caregiver to prison.

The sentence ca,e this week for Bryan Harris, 23, of McComb, said Atty. Gen. Jim Hood. Harris pleaded guilty in Lincoln County court Monday and got three years, but will only have to serve a year and a day. It’s also going to cost him $750: a $250 fine, $250 to the Miss. Crime Victims Compensation Fund, and $250 for the investigation. He also got two years probation.

Hood said Harris was working at the Miss. Adolescence Center in Brookhaven when he hit a 16-year-old resident with a shoe. A news release did not detail the circumstances.

“This case should not deflect from the many caregivers across our state who are doing right by their patients,” said Hood. “It should serve as a reminder that the calling is one with standards of decency and self-control.”

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