Roger Stephens, 61, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree cruelty to children after he allegedly slapped a 2-year-old girl, he did not know, for crying too long.
The confrontation happened shortly before noon at the Walmart in Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta.
According to the arresting officer, the child's mother said her daughter was crying as they walked down one of the aisles.
The mother said a stranger later identified as Stephens approached them and said, "If you don't shut the baby up, I will shut her up for you."
A few moments later, while the mother and the crying child were in another aisle, Stephens allegedly grabbed the girl and slapped her across the face.
Police said he hit her four or five times. "See, I told you I would shut her up," the suspect allegedly told the mother.
Authorities described "slight redness" to the toddler's face.
WOW! I'm speechless, but pretty sure he would have never gotten close enough to either of my kids to hit them 4 or 5 times. I probably would have said something to someone after he threatened.
So uncalled for.
He is currently being held by the Sheriff's Department.SOURCE
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