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Piedmont officer who cited 3-year-old for public urination sues city

by Matt Dinger Published: February 11, 2014

A former Piedmont police officer fired after ticketing the mother of a 3-year-old child for allowing the boy to urinate in the front lawn of a home is suing the city.

The city of Piedmont is petitioning to have the lawsuit, filed last summer, heard in federal court, according to documents filed Monday.

Officer Kenneth Qualls issued the citation to Ashley Warden after he saw her son, Dillan, drop his pants in the front yard of the family home at 4505 Ryan Drive.

Qualls argues that he was given permission by a police lieutenant to issue the public urination citation on Nov. 4, 2012, according to a court petition. Qualls reportedly also called his direct supervisor before being directed up the chain of command for permission.

The Canadian County district attorney's office did not drop the charge, but told Qualls to amend it to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The city's police chief, Alex Oblein, was also informed of the citation the day after it was issued, but did not drop or dismiss it, court documents allege.

>>Read: Piedmont woman ticketed after toddler tries to urinate in yard (Published Nov. 6, 2012)

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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