Stranger Slapped Crying Child, Police Say

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  1. TxEMTP69

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    STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (Sept. 2) - Police say a 61-year-old man annoyed with a crying 2-year-old girl at a suburban Atlanta Walmart slapped the child several times after warning the toddler's mother to keep her quiet.
    A police report says after the stranger hit the girl at least four times, he said: "See, I told you I would shut her up."
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    Roger Stephens of Stone Mountain is charged with felony cruelty to children. It was unclear if he had an attorney and a telephone call to his home Wednesday was unanswered.
    Authorities say the girl and her mother were shopping Monday when the toddler began crying. The police report says Stephens approached the mother and said, "If you don't shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you."
    Authorities say Stephens then grabbed the 2-year-old and slapped her. The child began screaming and Stephens was arrested. Police say an examination showed the girl's face was slightly red.
    A call to the girl's mother, identified in the police report as Sonya Mathews of Grayson, was answered by a woman who identified herself as Sabrina Mathis, the victim's aunt.
    Mathis said Wednesday that the girl is doing fine.
    "As of today, she has really forgotten about it," Mathis said. "She's been playing."
    Mathis said the girl's mother was shaken up over the incident.
    "She's as well as to be expected," Mathis said. "Right now she's just trying to calm down."
     


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    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - some old man woulda been dropped in walmart if you touch my child
     
  3. Acetone

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    Written by the Associated Idiots. They probably left out the child was throwing things at the old man and that he very politely asked the mother several times to control her child. I'm on the old man's side. Discipline your children or else...
     
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  5. Fisherman777

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    I can't stand going to Walmart for that very reason. I said kind of loudly when I thought the parents couldn't hear, "Two words! Baby Sitter!" and the mom was smirking next time I saw her. Kid still raising cain.

    So..... BABY SITTER PEOPLE! GET A BABY SITTTER!
     
  6. juwaba98

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    If you are a parent then you already know that it is not always that simple to control your young children. While they may be angels 90% of the time, virtually all children will be prone to some form of outburst at the most inopportune time. If my child happens to do this to me in a public setting and I cannot calm him/her down quickly we will leave. HOWEVER if YOU feel that I am not adequately controlling MY child in a manner that suits you and feel motivated to do so for me, you had better have made your peace with God because a set of handcuffs will be the best thing you could hope for. This is not just some internet machoism as some members here have met me in person. If YOU lay your hands on my child(ren) you will have to deal with me in a most unpleasant manner. No I am not actually threatening anyone here, but this is the way I feel about my family.

    I agree that most people who do not properly discipline their children in public or handle these situations better need a clue. That does not however allow me to interject myself into the situation. If it is that bad, just walk away. Shop another section of the store. The kind of people who shop at Wal-Mart, KMart etc. are the same kind of people complaining about them. Remember the fact that YOU too are shopping in the same place as these people so that broad paintbrush you are using covers you as well.

    My opinion? This man had no business touching that child regardless of his interaction with the parent. Remember we are talking about CHILDREN.


    And the babysitter thing, seriously? You expect someone to pay a sitter or not go get formula/diapers/TP? Seriously?
     
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    juwaba98

    I agree 100% with what you said
     
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    Juwaba98,

    Please see the levity intended in my post, on this Friday afternoon before a long weekend. I never have, nor would, condone the beating of someone else's child.
     
  9. juwaba98

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    I was not intending that to sound like it was directed towards you. If it sounded so I apologize. As a father it's hard to see any levity in the situation. I do dig the Family Guy though. The babysitter thing was all that I addressed directly.
     
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    I guess we're good then.
     

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