As bystanders, it can be hard to know when you should intervene in the public punishment of a child - especially if you aren't a parent yourself.
Sometimes, it's not. This is one of those times.
As Erika Burch was shopping at Walmart in Cleveland, Texas, saw a little girl with her hair wrapped around the handle of a shopping cart as the man pushed it.
Burch heard the little girl begging for mercy from the man, "Please stop!" Burch heard her say, "I promise I won't do it again! Please stop!"
Burch quickly took photos of the incident, then approached the man. She asked him to let the little girl go, but, according to Burch's Facebook post, he told her to "mind her own business."
Although she was able to find a police officer and report what had happened, the sergeant at the Cleveland Police Department initially told her that the man had the right to discipline his children and that there needed to be bodily injury for it to constitute as child abuse.
When local news, KHOU, followed up, they were informed that the Cleveland police were now investigating and that CPS is on the case. KHOU goes on to clarify that Texas law on child abuse states:
"According to Chapter 261 of the Family Code, child abuse is an act or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical, mental or emotional health and development. Child abuse may take the form of physical or emotional injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, physical neglect, medical neglect, or inadequate supervision."
At the time of this article, Erika's post has been shared over 35 thousand times.
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