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September 03, 2009

He Should Have Left The Store

When a man was shopping in a Wal-Mart store in Georgia, he became upset with a crying two year old child and approached the mother and her crying child and told the mother "If you don't shut the baby up, I will shut her up for you."

According the an article in CNN.com,
"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."

The man was arrested for first degree cruelty to children.

Whatever could be so difficult for someone, what circumstances in life could prompt someone to slap a child? A child unknown to him who obviously was herself not having a good day.

Stories like this one cause me distress for our communities and families in more and more difficulty financially, emotionally, mentally.

Perhaps if Mr. Roger Stephens had been able to restrain himself, get in touch with his inner self, see that he was overly anxious and that the child's crying was pushing his buttons of stress, and just left the store, he would have felt good about himself for acting in a mature manner. Instead, I'm afraid his problems are only beginning.

Hopefully, the mother and child have already gotten on with their lives and again, hopefully, the little girl is in a loving stable home where she is nurtured and cared for in a responsible way. My mother's heart is appalled that someone would hurt a two year old child.

11 comments:

FrankandMary said...

If it had been my child I guess I would feel much differently, but in an odd way I am glad this happened. I think a person like that is a time bomb. I'm glad he was "caught" over a slap rather than once he killed someone. Perhaps he will get mental/emotional help & a much larger disaster will have been averted.
~Mary

otin said...

Notice how the gutless bastard hit the child who had no father there with her? I would be on CNN if he hit my kid, if I had a kid!

Margie said...

Oh, this is just so awful!
That poor child...breaks my heart for her!

Owen said...

Hi Techno, just wanted to drop in and say thanks for all your visits and kind words... deeply appreciated.

As for this child beater... good thing he didn't have a gun handy. Wow, there are too many sick people on this planet, every time I turn around another one has made it into the press... too bad it isn't feasible yet to take all the sick pups like this guy and send them to Venus or someplace warm like that... give them a planet all to themselves...

Spencer L Casey said...

It never will be Owen. Then it would be Australia. Just kidding there. I have Aussie friends, kay, so no haters.

I'm with otin. I would be the one on the news. He'd be the guy in the hospital.

Absolutely no excuse. Stress, anger issues, whatever. No excuse for this behavior. I don't want to understand him. I don't care what kind of childhood he had. Whaaa whaa whaa. Poor baby. Go punch a wall, you prick. Leave the two year old babies alone.

Sorry. This is too much.

SLC

Shadowthorne said...

Grumpy old men like that should be caged in a lion's den. He can tell the animal to stop roaring because he has a headache.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I was shocked when I heard this on the news. What is wrong with people! Grrrrrrr
xo

Brian Miller said...

that is messed up. i hope he gets help...seriously. or has a great cell mate...

TechnoBabe said...

These are great comments, all of them. Thank you, dear commenters, for leaving your remarks.

A Free Man said...

Sounds like he's a nasty piece of work. But - and maybe I'm a naive optimist - I don't think it reflects on our society. It's just one sociopath losing the plot. Doesn't say anything about our culture as a whole. Though, the fact that it happened at Wal-Mart does.

Shadow said...

i cannot believe this?!?!?! that guy needs some serious councelling!