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Stranger Slaps Toddler to “Shut her up!”

Posted Sep 03 2009 10:44am

In a Walmart in the suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, a man walked up to Sonya Mathews, whose 2-year-old daughter was crying in the store. He uttered those classic words:

If you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.

A couple aisles over, he made “good” on his word and slapped Ms. Mathews’ daughter 4 or 5 times, following the abuse with a smug,

See, I told you I would shut her up.

A bystander, presumably with way more sense than this guy, restrained him until Walmart security came to help. They called the police.

Roger Stephens, 6, was charged with felony cruelty to children. The little girl, though presumably traumatized for the moment (and perhaps will now suffer from a fear of Walmarts and old guys?) suffered only redness to the face.

To the rest of us, he can now be dubbed, “The most evil ornery old man in America.”

Officials say there was no video of the incident on the store cameras.

Find the story: Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Image: Gwinnett County (GA) Sheriff’s Office.

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