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Child abuse team gets interim chair

March 17, 2006

Albany -- The child abuse protocol committee that was chaired by Open Arms Executive Director Beth McKenzie met today after being ordered to by a judge. Ten days ago Judge Loring Gray ruled the committee was not meeting as often as required.

McKenzie says that's not true. She says they hold regular meetings of what the judge described as a sub-committee.

McKenzie claims the judge's involvement is nothing more than an extension of Ken Hodges' retaliation against her.

"This is a clear effort by the district attorney to retaliate against me for being for being a witness in the Phoebe case. It's very clear to everyone in the room and we're very disappointed that the judge participated in this," said Beth McKenzie.

McKenzie will stay on the protocol commitee as a representative for Open Arm's, but she will no longer serve as chairwoman.

Interim committee chairman is Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

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