Jail Time for Man Who Slapped Child

Roger Stephens, 61, was arrested back in August for slapping another woman’s 2 year old child as they passed in a Walmart.

Annoyed that the child wouldn’t stop crying, Stephens reportedly warned the mother, saying, “If you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.” The mother, dismissing Stephens as an angry shopper, avoided him and went on her way. Shortly after their first exchange, they ended up passing each other in a different aisle. Stephens, still unhappy with the child’s behavior, grabbed the 2 year old and hit her across the face 4 or 5 times. “See, I told you I would shut her up,” he barked.

He was arrested immediately and the child was checked over by medical personnel to make sure that she wasn’t seriously injured. Her face was slightly bruised, but she was otherwise unharmed.

Stephens was found guilty of cruelty to children in the second degree and was sentenced to 6 months in prison followed by 6 months of home confinement. During his period of home confinement, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor and will not be allowed near any children under the age of 12. He will also be required to participate in mental health counseling.

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