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Stranger slapped crying child, police say

By Associated Press
September 3, 2009

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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Police say a 61-year-old man annoyed with a crying 2-year-old girl at a Walmart slapped the child several times after warning the toddler’s mother to keep her quiet.

A police report says that after the stranger hit the girl at least four times, he said, “See, I told you I would shut her up.’’

Roger Stephens of Stone Mountain is charged with felony cruelty to children. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. A telephone call to his home yesterday was unanswered.

Authorities say the girl and her mother were shopping Monday when the toddler began crying. The police report says Stephens approached the mother and said, “If you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.’’

Authorities say that after Stephens slapped the girl, she began screaming.