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September 4th, 2009
01:55 PM ET

Mommy blogger on child-slapping incident

Moms out there might want to cover their ears for our next story.
This 61-year-old Georgia man is facing felony charges for allegedly slapping a crying toddler he didn't even know.
The two-year-old girl and her mother were shopping at a Wal-Mart just outside Atlanta, when the toddler began to cry.
Police say Roger Stephens slapped the little girl several times after warning her mother to keep her quiet.
Another shopper reportedly stopped Stephens until security arrived.
CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield spoke with mommy blogger Kristen Chase about the incident.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Bernie

    Honestly, yeah this is a bad situation, but a felony charge is too drastic a charge. With children battered, raped, kidnapped, and murdered daily in the US; a slap to the face isn't so bad. Also there's a responsibility shared by the Mother who should have noted the agitated man and she should have moved her child into safety. He should be charged, pay a fine, and apologize for his over-reaction; but a felony is just too much.

    September 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  2. Ian A. Charles

    My Commentary
    God Bless America

    How could we say God bless America when America has all of its problems in Health Care, Unemployment, the Economy, the Controversy and the Issues?

    I never had interests in politics but health care make me very interested, People of all age groups, social and economic background white or black rich or poor Democrat or Republican we all need it Health Care. I have always work and supported myself I have friends who die because they did not have health Insurance like myself I once was very very sick and I had to be hospitalize. I was in the hospital for about six days two days in critical care I needed a bail out but did not get the help that I needed but what I got was a bill for $68,251.70. So please President O Bama Democrat Republican please come together and help us I once was taking care of an old lady that was 82 years old and her to die because she did not have good health care Insurance.

    President O bama. We need your help.


    I was all in support of President O bama regarding going to the School and talking to the kids who leis better to do that the President of the Unite State and to those people all you are do is suppurating the president from the school just like suppurating politics from school and like take pray from the school kids today have not thing to hold on to I say let President O bama speak to the kids about the importance of staying in school. Education is very important let the president talk to the kids. President have all ready inspired us by becoming President of the Unite State.

    Can some one help me get a job I have been out of work since 2006 and I can get a job please help me. My name is Ian A. Charles and my phone is 404-207-9530 some help me.

    I am sorry that Ted Kennedy die I think he was the hope of health Care God Bless Him.

    Ian A. Charles

    September 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  3. Jannise Mora

    As a teacher in Laredo, Texas, experienced in working with Latina students, poverty, family obligations and parent ignorance where the main reasons Latina students dropped out of school more frequency. With hard work and brave students, I was able to get most of my Latina students to stay in school, and even go on to college. Teaching all students is a challenge, but with good parental involvement and strong ties to the community by the school and school district, Latina students will overcome the hardships in their lifestyle and become an important part of the American recession recovery.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  4. SusiBish

    What would have been the charge if he had done the same thing to someone his own age?

    September 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm |