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article imageGeorgia man found guilty of slapping someone else's child

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jan 21, 2010 in Crime
In August 2009, a man became very angry because of a child who was crying in a Georgia Walmart. He told the child's mother, "if you don’t shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you.”
ATLANTA - Roger Stephens of Stone Mountain, Georgia, has been found guilty of second degree child cruelty for slapping a stranger's crying 2-year old.
As Digital Journal reported last year, Stephens told the mother of the crying child to shut the child up or he would.
The child continued to cry and according to authorities he slapped the child across the face four or five times and said, "See, I told you I would shut her up."
Another shopper held Stephens until security arrived. Even though Stephens reportedly apologized to the child's mother he still committed a crime and was charged.
A bench trial was held Tuesday in Gwinnett County and Stephens was found guilty of second degree child cruelty. A bench trial is held without a jury.
Stephens was sentenced to spend six months in jail and then six months of home confinement.
The video was posted in the report last Sept. about this case.
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