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nikita771
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:51 PM
Okay....I'll admit that there are some crying kids that I've wanted to slap, but this is absolutely crazy.

Stranger accused of slapping crying child at store

Published: 9/2/09, 7:25 PM EDT


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - 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."

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."

skanky~skanketta
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:27 AM
He probably tapped her lightly. Granted, if it were my kid I'd have gone bonkers, but really, if you cant keep your kid under control don't bring them out. My parents never took me or my sister out shopping for groceries or anything till I was at least 5 and capable of understanding that when my mom said we'd get spanking, she meant it. And I remember this clearly cuz when I was around that age, my mom took us shopping and my sister and I totally went beserk! My mom grabbed us both, drove home, dropped us at the babysitter and went back shopping!

young_gunner913
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:31 AM
He probably tapped her lightly. Granted, if it were my kid I'd have gone bonkers, but really, if you cant keep your kid under control don't bring them out. My parents never took me or my sister out shopping for groceries or anything till I was at least 5 and capable of understanding that when my mom said we'd get spanking, she meant it. And I remember this clearly cuz when I was around that age, my mom took us shopping and my sister and I totally went beserk! My mom grabbed us both, drove home, dropped us at the babysitter and went back shopping!

even if he gently tapped her, he had no right to touch that child at all.

skanky~skanketta
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:36 AM
even if he gently tapped her, he had no right to touch that child at all.
I didn't say he did. In fact, I agree, he had no right at all, hence, the "I'd have bonkers" comment. What I was implying is that I understand his position.

Sally Struthers
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:59 AM
he should not have touched her but I understand completely :lol:

young_gunner913
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:00 AM
I didn't say he did. In fact, I agree, he had no right at all, hence, the "I'd have bonkers" comment. What I was implying is that I understand his position.

i think everyone does. a kid is crying and you wanna smack them or their parent to make them be quiet. but you dont actually do it. :o

hdfb
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:10 AM
If the child was like, seven years old, it'd be just a little bit more justified. But a 2 year old doesn't have much of a clue of whats going on. The man is stupid for slapping a kid he doesn't know.

Infiniti2001
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:12 AM
Rude!! I know I would have been the one getting arrested if it were my child :fiery:

Wiggly
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:28 AM
He shouldn't have done that but some adults are clueless about raising kids too. :tape:

Infiniti2001
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:34 AM
He shouldn't have done that but some adults are clueless about raising kids too. :tape:

Come on, a 2 year old is a baby AND babies cry for crying out loud.This is a grown ass man, how would he like it if someone he annoyed slapped him? :help:

young_gunner913
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:37 AM
Rude!! I know I would have been the one getting arrested if it were my child :fiery:

what happened to anti-violence? :p

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:24 AM
slapping the child was definitely wrong. i think he should have slapped the MOTHER. parents who taken their broken condoms children out and have no control over them piss me off.

plus he likely gave the girl a few light taps. what he did was illegal and he should face the punishment, but i would be lying if i have never wanted to slap the PARENT of a crying child.

Infiniti2001
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:25 AM
what happened to anti-violence? :p


Oh I don't condone violence. However, nobody, and I repeat nobody has the right to lay a hand on me or anyone related to me :angel:

tennislover
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:40 AM
:help:

that man needs professional help

Ryan
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:42 AM
slapping the child was definitely wrong. i think he should have slapped the MOTHER. parents who taken their broken condoms children out and have no control over them piss me off.

plus he likely gave the girl a few light taps. what he did was illegal and he should face the punishment, but i would be lying if i have never wanted to slap the PARENT of a crying child.



Are you fucking kidding me?! This is a two-year old KID. Parents cannot always control whether there YOUNG children are crying, and the kid has no real control over what she's doing.

And its really disgusting you insinuate that because the mother couldn't stop her kid from crying, she was a mistake/unwanted kid. Grow up, since you clearly haven't already.

No one cares if you've wanted to slap another parent's kid, the distinction is between wanting to do something, and actually doing it.

nikita771
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:45 AM
Here is his mugshot. He actually looks pretty disgruntled.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/trutv/thesmokinggun.com/graphics/art4/0902091slap1.jpg (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0902091slap2.html)

tennislover
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:47 AM
Here is his mugshot. He actually looks pretty disgruntled.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/trutv/thesmokinggun.com/graphics/art4/0902091slap1.jpg (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0902091slap2.html)

:tape:

Infiniti2001
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:21 AM
slapping the child was definitely wrong. i think he should have slapped the MOTHER. parents who taken their broken condoms children out and have no control over them piss me off.

plus he likely gave the girl a few light taps. what he did was illegal and he should face the punishment, but i would be lying if i have never wanted to slap the PARENT of a crying child.

Have you ever been around a 2 year old?:rolleyes:

Balltossovic
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:30 AM
I'd have slapped him with the bottom of my shoe:mad:

How DARE he lay a finger on that child. They'd have been arresting my ass not his. He'd have to leave on a gourney:tape: I don't give a damn how annoying that child was being. Walk away you scum bag! He was in a freaking WALMART he couldn't find another aisle to shop in? Dumb asshttp://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-violent111.gif

the jamierbelyea
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:32 AM
if someone did this to one of my hypothetical kids, the headline would read

"Stranger murdered after slapping crying child at store"

Alizé Molik
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:42 AM
Are you fucking kidding me?! This is a two-year old KID. Parents cannot always control whether there YOUNG children are crying, and the kid has no real control over what she's doing.

And its really disgusting you insinuate that because the mother couldn't stop her kid from crying, she was a mistake/unwanted kid. Grow up, since you clearly haven't already.

No one cares if you've wanted to slap another parent's kid, the distinction is between wanting to do something, and actually doing it.

lol a 2 year old isn't a baby. Most 2 year olds can talk fluently and trust me can be extrememly manipulative when they want to be (read; when their parents have no control over them) I work in a supermarchet and I see kids that young every day who have their parents wrapped around their little fingers.

Having said that - no one has the right to touch someone else's child EVER under any circumstance. This man needs to get his head checked.

starin
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:24 AM
:tape: You know y'all have thought about doing that but actually doing it..
Crying is not bad but there are parents who don't give a shit about what their kids do but you should slap the parent not the kid.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:51 AM
Are you fucking kidding me?! This is a two-year old KID. Parents cannot always control whether there YOUNG children are crying, and the kid has no real control over what she's doing.

And its really disgusting you insinuate that because the mother couldn't stop her kid from crying, she was a mistake/unwanted kid. Grow up, since you clearly haven't already.

No one cares if you've wanted to slap another parent's kid, the distinction is between wanting to do something, and actually doing it.

i know, the IDEA of parental responsibility is a kin to criminal in the west. god forbid the "mother" have a plan to keep the brat quite or get a babysitter to leave it at home.

you are right there is a difference between wanting to do it and actually doing it. but you seem unable to read or understand the difference between the word "PARENT" and "child".

but i would be lying if i have never wanted to slap the PARENT of a crying child.

and for the record a 2 year old is not a baby. by that point the kid has a personality and the parent should be willing to be parent enough to know that personality and plan on how to keep the child busy and not crying.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:58 AM
:tape: You know y'all have thought about doing that but actually doing it..
Crying is not bad but there are parents who don't give a shit about what their kids do but you should slap the parent not the kid.

exactly.

Ryan
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:15 PM
i know, the IDEA of parental responsibility is a kin to criminal in the west. god forbid the "mother" have a plan to keep the brat quite or get a babysitter to leave it at home.

you are right there is a difference between wanting to do it and actually doing it. but you seem unable to read or understand the difference between the word "PARENT" and "child".


and for the record a 2 year old is not a baby. by that point the kid has a personality and the parent should be willing to be parent enough to know that personality and plan on how to keep the child busy and not crying.



Ok, try and justify your BS. :lol:


You know jack-shit about what the mother did to try and quiet her child - the article says nothing about it, except the old man warned the mom a few times. The mom could have been telling her kid to shush, talking to her and trying to get her to stop. Bottom line is you're assuming that because she couldn't get a two-year-old to stop crying, she has no parenting abilities. Hopefully you never, ever, have a kid, or are allowed near one.

Kart
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:34 PM
Is it wrong that I find this whole article hilarious ?

I often get irritated by noisy children running wild and their parents pretty much just letting them.

Granted, I'd never slap any of them - this guy has clearly got a screw loose and snapped - but I'd love to be able to tell parents to control their children without feeling guilty.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 06:04 PM
Ok, try and justify your BS. :lol:


You know jack-shit about what the mother did to try and quiet her child - the article says nothing about it, except the old man warned the mom a few times. The mom could have been telling her kid to shush, talking to her and trying to get her to stop. Bottom line is you're assuming that because she couldn't get a two-year-old to stop crying, she has no parenting abilities. Hopefully you never, ever, have a kid, or are allowed near one.
well at least you finally read what i actually said. i know how you ended up as a mod the way you read, or rather dont read.

anyway slap the mother, spare the child.

Wigglytuff
Sep 3rd, 2009, 06:05 PM
Is it wrong that I find this whole article hilarious ?

I often get irritated by noisy children running wild and their parents pretty much just letting them.

Granted, I'd never slap any of them - this guy has clearly got a screw loose and snapped - but I'd love to be able to tell parents to control their children without feeling guilty.

of course not. like someone else said he just tapped the child. people are STRAIGHT UP LYING if they are claiming they never thought about doing it.

tennislover
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:46 PM
I'd have slapped him with the bottom of my shoe



:yeah: :lol:

young_gunner913
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:23 PM
its kind of funny that most people in here are saying yell at the parents or slap the parents when im willing to bet most likely none of those posters have children of there own. :lol:

Direwolf
Sep 4th, 2009, 02:27 AM
maybe the kid was crying because she saw the man??


anyhoo...
playing peekaboo with a stranger usually shuts them up...
unless theyre hungry or have a poopie

Fingon
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:33 AM
Are you fucking kidding me?! This is a two-year old KID. Parents cannot always control whether there YOUNG children are crying, and the kid has no real control over what she's doing.

And its really disgusting you insinuate that because the mother couldn't stop her kid from crying, she was a mistake/unwanted kid. Grow up, since you clearly haven't already.

No one cares if you've wanted to slap another parent's kid, the distinction is between wanting to do something, and actually doing it.

:worship::worship::worship:

Apoleb
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:43 AM
Here is his mugshot. He actually looks pretty disgruntled.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/trutv/thesmokinggun.com/graphics/art4/0902091slap1.jpg (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0902091slap2.html)

:haha:

He does look a bit annoyed here.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:46 AM
I've thought about doing it, especially when I'm on the train and those little brats start screaming and shouting. But I never would though.

Fingon
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:33 PM
funny about the people here that say that a 2 years old is not a baby (which is true, a 2 years old is a toddler) and that because of that they should behave or be controlled by their parents.

The fact is, a baby is a lot easier to control, a baby will cry if he/she is hungry, hot, cold, thirsty, wet or has done a pooh, or something is hurting, in most cases it's easy to stop them crying and they normally go to sleep pretty quickly, a toddler, or a pre-school is another matter, they are naughty, they like attention, they don't understand enough to give them punishment (you can't tell a toddler "stop doing this or you won't go to the park") it does not work, they have short term memory and zero attention span, they only care about the present so it's really difficult to deal with them, if they are hungry you can give them food, if they are thirsty you can give them something to drink, but if they are bored and you don't have a way to entertaint them, tough luck.

Some people give new meanings to the word clueless.

And for the guy who slapped the girl, a couple of months in jail will make him think twice next time.

mykarma
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:38 PM
He probably tapped her lightly. Granted, if it were my kid I'd have gone bonkers, but really, if you cant keep your kid under control don't bring them out. My parents never took me or my sister out shopping for groceries or anything till I was at least 5 and capable of understanding that when my mom said we'd get spanking, she meant it. And I remember this clearly cuz when I was around that age, my mom took us shopping and my sister and I totally went beserk! My mom grabbed us both, drove home, dropped us at the babysitter and went back shopping!
They said the girl's face was red. If that was my kid he'd would have been tapped and not lightly with the heel of my shoe in his fvcking face.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 6th, 2009, 06:19 AM
You NEVER touch someone else's children! Yes the child was a nuisance, but you're in public. You'd think the guy would be a little more understanding, it's a TWO year old. If the kid was 7 or 8 then the parent should be slapped for not handling their demon spawn.