This was originally posted in Debate, under Parenting Debate here on CafeMom Answers:
"I made a citizens arrest today. I witnessed a mother...
slam her 6yr old daughter against the pharmacy where I work. Mind you this is a brick wall. I was coming back from break and heard a child crying and the mother screaming. As I turned in that direction, the mother had her pinned against the building and was hitting her across the face and she had the audacity to spit in her face! I was LIVID! I stepped in front of the child to protect her and told her mom she was under arrest for child abuse. At that time I called 911 and all the while the profanity was coming twds me from the mom. She hauled off and nailed me across the eye, now I have a beautiful shiner and major headache! She was arrested for child abuse, assault & battery and God knows what else, and the little girl was taken away by Childrens Services Div. I'm really worried about this little girl. Have you ever experienced anything like this? I'm prepared to go to court if I have to, but I'm frickin miserable right now."
Would you have the guts to do the same thing if you saw this happen? I am a mandated reporter in my state because of my professional status as a social worker, so I would have had to call it in, but depending on whether or not I had my son with me and whether or not I thought that woman would hurt *my* child, I don't know if I would have had the guts to step right in. If I thought I could do so with no harm coming to my child, or I was alone, then I would have jumped right in!
BTW, I totally support the OP, I think she did the right thing.
Answer by gemgem at 10:14 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by buttonlts at 10:12 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by CeeCee333 at 10:16 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by ABeaverhausen at 10:19 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by AngieBry at 10:20 AM on May. 12, 2011
I am a county employee and would probably receive repercussions for it.........but by God YES.......I would've done the same thing.
Answer by Dahis at 10:22 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by older at 11:42 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 10:55 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by daughteroftruth at 11:42 AM on May. 12, 2011
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:45 PM on May. 12, 2011