Attorney General Moves To Close Bethel Boys Academy

State attorney general Mike Moore wants to shut down the Bethel Boys Academy in Lucedale. Wednesday, Moore's office filed a complaint against the home for troubled boys.

The action comes five weeks after several boys ran away from the home, saying they were abused. State officials then launched an investigation of the home. The attorney general has asked a court to remove the children from the home and place them in the custody of their parents or the Department of Human Services. He also wants to permanently close the home.

A statement from Moore said it is the duty of his office to protect the best interests of the children of the state.

The Bethel Home is no stranger to allegations of abuse. In 1988, the state removed 72 children from the home after abuse allegations surfaced.