What should be done to this girl’s father? Why does this stuff ALWAYS happen at Walmart?
CLEVELAND, Texas — Facebook photos showing a man apparently pulling a young girl through a Texas Walmart by her hair have prompted a police investigation after sparking outrage on social media.
Erika Burch said she took the photos after noticing that he was gripping the little girl’s hair to the shopping cart handle and “dragging” her as she cried, “Please stop. I promise I won’t do it again. Please stop!” Burch, who was shopping with her husband, said she asked the man to let go of the girl’s hair and was told to mind her own business. After the argument started escalating, Burch said she called police, but a sergeant told her he couldn’t make an arrest without evidence of bodily injury.
Burch said the sergeant told her that the Walmart shopper “has the right to discipline his children.” “People are telling me I’m wrong for stepping up for this little girl, but you can discipline a child without dragging them by the hair on their head, especially in Walmart,” Burch told KTRK.
Burch’s Facebook post has been shared tens of thousands of times, and after “numerous calls” the Cleveland Police Department announced on its own page that there is currently a joint investigation underway between police and Child Protective Services.
Cleveland police Chief Darrel Broussard told KPRC-TV that he was “very concerned for the well-being of the child.”
Police would not give any updates into the investigation Tuesday evening.
WKYC also reported the story:
Erika Burch was shopping when she saw the crying girl with her hair wrapped around the shopping cart handle as the man pushed it.
“Please stop! I promise I won’t do it again! Please stop!” Burch said the 5-year-old pleaded.
When she snapped photos and told the man to let the girl go, he told her to mind her own business,
“He is a sick, sick , sick animal is what he is,” Burch told KHOU 11 News.
Burch said she flagged down an officer and he called his sergeant with the Cleveland Police Department.
“He has the right to discipline his children,” Burch said the sergeant told her. He reportedly told her there has to be bodily injury to be child abuse.
“Now this baby had to go home with this monster thinking that nobody cared about her and it’s okay for this animal to pull her by the hair of her head,” Burch wrote.
We checked with Cleveland police and they said they are investigating.
“We are taking this pretty serious,” said Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard. “Of course, that old saying, ‘if you see something, say something.’ In this case, I have to applaud those witnesses who attempted to intervene for the safety of the child.”
Chief Broussard said CPS is also on the case.
Here is what it looked like on Facebook: