A small Georgia town in the Atlanta metro area made news on Saturday when a man’s son was punished by a stranger at a local grocery store for asking his father for a candy bar.
The incident occurred at a Kroger grocery store in Newnan, Georgia. According to the Associated Press, the police report indicates that the man was identified as 62-year-old Juan Martinez of Coweta County, Georgia.
According to the 2-year-old’s father, Logan Morris, his son was asking him for a candy bar while in the checkout line when Martinez slapped both his son’s hand and his bottom. While the boy was not hurt, the behavior was alarming, and police were called to the scene.
Investigators said that Martinez was drunk at the time. Police body cam footage shows Police struggling to arrest the man and being taken to the ground by police, who threatened to use a taser on him.
“I was shocked. I was astonished.”
“He just kind of looked at me with his mouth open, just astonished that some random stranger just popped him on the rear end.” – Logan Morris to local station WSB-TV
Morris says that Martinez told him:
“this is what we do with kids in Mexico.”
To which Morris responded,
“Buddy, we’re not in Mexico.”
Martinez was arrested and charged with battery and obstruction as well as child cruelty.
The man allegedly has an alcohol problem has been arrested and booked into jail 50 times over the past ten years, mostly for public drunkenness. Martinez is being held without bond for violating his parole.
Kroger was notably displeased with the incident and said this to WSB-TV:
“We do not tolerate this type of behavior in our stores or on our property. As such, we appreciate our associate’s quick action in reporting the incident and contacting authorities.”
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