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Local constable charged with child abuse, neglect

Johnson County Constable Benny J. Cornell and two other county residents were arrested last week when officers from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office went to his residence at 556 Hospital Hill Road, to execute felony warrants.
According to the sheriff’s department, when officers arrived they determined the residence to be an environmental health and welfare hazard to a child in the residence. The child was consequently removed by Child Protective Services and charges were placed against Cornell and wife, Tammy J. Lassiter, who is still being sought by the Sheriff’s Office. Both are charged with child abuse and child neglect or endangerment.
Justin A. Cornell, 19, was also arrested and charged with resisting and obstruction of justice.