Wal-Mart Toddler Abuse
The other day I heard a story about a 61 year-old man who hit a crying child while at Wal-Mart. Supposedly, a 2 year-old kid was crying, which annoyed him, so he slapped him numerous times. The kid wasn't even his. His only defense in court was that he "warned the mother", as if that would make it ok.
A Gwinnett County judge found Roger Stephens guilty of cruelty to children in the second degree. He was sentenced to six months in jail and six months home confinement. Link.
Thankfully he has been given a prison sentence and once his home confinement begins he will not be allowed to be in contact with anyone under the age of 12. What gets me most about this whole ordeal, other than the fact that he slapped a kid, is that many people are complaining that his sentence was too strong. That is just ridiculous, under no circumstance is there any reason to hit any one, especially a child. We have all experienced that annoying kid that won't stop crying, whether it's in a store, on an airplane or just on the street, but to get so upset about it that you need to resort to violence is completely unnecessary.
This man obviously has serious issues, and he couldn't even defend himself in court. It was almost like he thought people were overreacting about the whole situation. Personally, I think his punishment is just fine and I really hope his psych evaluations help him with his anger issues. People need to realize that violence is not the answer in any situation and defending this man is like saying that hitting kids is not a big deal.