A Georgia man is in police custody after having slapped a woman’s crying 2-year-old child in a WalMart on Monday. Sonya Mathews, the little girl’s mother, told police that Roger Stephens, 61, approached her in an aisle and said “if you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.”
Moments later, in a different part of the store, Stephens slapped the child on the face four or five times, according to the police report.
Stephens reportedly then said, “See, I told you I would shut her up.”
A bystander jumped in to help out and held Stephens until Walmart security came to the rescue.
When police arrived on the scene, Stephens admitted that he had slapped the child and said that he apologized to Mathews, according to the report.
Stephens has been charged with felony cruelty to children. He appeared in court on Tuesday and is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.
The 2-year-old child suffered slight redness to the face, according to the police report.
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