Police: Wal-Mart Shopper Slaps Crying Child
Roger Stephens Charged With Felony Cruelty To Children
POSTED: 9:26 am EDT September 2, 2009
UPDATED: 9:50 am EDT September 2, 2009
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A Wal-Mart shopper who became so angry about a crying child that he allegedly slapped the girl in the face is due in court Wednesday.
Investigators said the incident happened Monday at the Stone Mountain store on Rockbridge Road.
A police report said the man, Roger Stephens, 61, of Stone Mountain, had warned the child’s mother, Sonya Mathews, that if she didn’t quiet down the child, he would do it for her.
According to the report, after the mother failed to quiet the girl, Stephens came up to them and slapped the child several times in the face.
The report then quotes Stephens as saying, “See, I told you I would shut her up.”
Mathews then screamed at Stephens and called for security, the report said. Stephens was stopped by another shopper, according to the report.
The girl, identified in the report as Paige Mathews, 2, was not injured, but did suffer some redness in the face. She was treated at the scene and released, the report said.
Stephens was charged with cruelty with children in the first degree, which is a felony.