I yelled at her "What are you doing, are you crazy?"
She turned around and said "mind your own business Bitch"
About that time the other little Girl was climbing on the cart the Mom grabbed her arm and told her to stop acting like a heathen little brat.
I walked to the service desk and asked the kid to dial 911 and give me the phone (left my cell in my car) I didn't want her leaving.
Two officers show up about 5 minutes later, by this time she's at the check out I'm pointing to her explaining what I seen her do. They walked over to her and she's yelling across the lanes "why'd you call the police? They my kids, you don't have no right"
The Policemen told her to calm down, she's yelling "I didn't do nothing"
I was in tears, I'm not sure exactly what's gonna happen but they escorted her to one car and one officer was holding the baby seat and little Girls hand. They asked me to write a statement and asked for a manager and asked her about cameras in that isle. I finished with the statement and left. I got home around 3am.
I called DF (he's in Chicago) and woke him up and told him what happened. He asked me if it was really that bad or if I was over reacting? He said I can't be calling the cops everytime I see a Mom mistreat her kids and maybe there was something wrong with the kid that he screams all the time and he made her do that??
I don't believe I was in the wrong, you don't slap a baby no matter what stress your under. And I'm confused as to why my DF would even question what I did. I don't just look for Moms being mean their kids and call the police. By the end of the call he apologized but said everyones parenting isn't the same and I need to take that into concideration.
How would you have handled this? Should I have called the police? I mean it was 1:30 in the morning I would never take my kids shopping at that hr. DF said again I was wrong to assume everyones schedules are the same. I feel awful but mostly for those kids.
*I would like to say I did not call CPS, I called the police. I didn't follow her, I heard a screaming baby and seen a little Girl running around I thought I would check it out maybe help her get her dd back to her.
I don't just jump to conclusions about people, I like to think the best of everyone. Maybe she was tired, maybe she doesn't get help with her kids, maybe she was stressed out, maybe she doesn't know how to cope with a situation like that, maybe, maybe, maybe, MAYBE by calling the police I opened a door for her to get help. There is NO excuse whatsoever to hold a babies nose and mouth let alone slap them. I don't know what happened after I left and the police aren't going to tell me what steps they took it is none of my business, I stopped the abuse of a child, an infant no matter what anyone elses opinion is of how I did it. I'm suppose to ask her if I can help her out? Uh no my first instinct is to get her off that baby and get those kids some help.
From the replies there are a lot of Moms who feel the same way. For the ones that said I should mind my own business, how do you do that when you see a baby being slapped?
I will swat my kids bottom if they get out of hand I'm not against spanking, I am against flat out abuse of innocent children who's Mothers hurt them because they had a bad day.
*After talking with DF (who wasn't understanding the whole picture at 3am this morning) I do feel I did the right thing. He did point out a few things that I have to remember. I have a soft spot for kids any kid, when I see one being hurt I go into protective Mommy mode and the truth is I don't know that Mothers life or what kind of person she is. Hitting your child, sufficating your child is wrong he asked me if I thought about the Mother at all, thought about her feelings. I said of course not I wanted her away from those kids before she did worse. He looked at me and said EXACTLY, so why didn't you just pull her away and say "your hurting your Baby please walk away for a few minutes"
After thinking about it maybe he has a point. Maybe she's not a monster but someone under a lot of stress and snapped and needs help coping with it while raising her kids.
He also pointed out and I hope to God he's right that this could have just been a one time thing and cps won't just take her kids but help her keep them with Parenting classes or counceling.
While I still feel at that moment my instincts were right to react I do hope she gets help and doesn't harm her baby again.
Thank goodness you called. Maybe that mom will get the help she needs now. Sure sounds like she needs it. Nine months old is too you g to even consider what she was doing. I'm sure they have her in camera too.
Someone has to stand up for the innocent whether its children or animals or elderly ...
I would've done the same thing. But I would not go to Walmart in the first place bc the stories I hear scare me off. Lol.
And my husband would react the same as yours.
December 11, 2012 at 7:44 AMI agree with you
by Anonymous 1December 11, 2012 at 7:46 AMAgree
You did the right thing.
by Anonymous 2December 11, 2012 at 7:46 AM
I don't think you should have called Cps, how do you know she wasn't under immense amounts of stress, right she shouldn't have hit the baby. I don't like how involved people get. IMO if the girl was running around like that then she doesn't see her mom as a threat and is most likely happy, you were out at early hours, tiredness from the baby may be a factor. I feel sick that these kids may lose what might have been a good mother for a stranger sticking her nose in. So sad.