Don't shush my child, Mom pleads guilty to punching toddler shusher

Don’t Shush My Kid, Mom Pleads Guilty To Punching Toddler Shusher

A California woman pled no contest Wednesday to attacking another woman who asked her to shush her screaming 2-year-old toddler nephew while the two were in line at Nordstrom Rack.

Terrie Elzie faces up to six months in jail for following Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson out to her car, punching her in the face and sitting on her, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

She will be sentenced Aug. 4 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Last November, the two were waiting in line inside Nordstrom Rack in Colma when the 2-year-old toddler started screaming and throwing a tantrum because his aunt, Elzie, had taken a toy away from him.


Richardson told reporters at the time that the woman didn’t seem to notice the child was screaming loudly, so she asked her to shush the toddler, and that’s when the chaos started.

Elzie, the child’s aunt, began screaming at Richardson to not tell her child what to do, according to an Inquisitr report.

After the two argued for about two minutes, Richardson walked away from the angry aunt, CBS San Francisco reported.

“I told her to go to hell and she told me I’ll see you there.”

That wasn’t good enough for aunt Elzie though.

She waited for Richardson to leave the store and then followed her out to the parking lot where the two started arguing again and then aunt Elzie punched her twice in the face, knocking her to the ground and sitting on her.

Richardson had blood in her mouth, and needed several root canals to repair the fractures at her gum line.

The video of the assault, caught on surveillance camera, went viral after being released by news agencies sparking a nationwide debate over who was in the right.

Several parents took to Twitter and other Internet comment pages to voice their support for aunt Elzie. Even though they condemned the assault, many parents were outraged that Richardson had the audacity to confront Elzie over her screaming nephew. They called her a hipster and childless.


Others, however, took a different view.

They condemned Elzie for allowing the child to throw his screaming tantrum, saying she should have taken responsibility for him bothering other people in the store. They said she overreacted to Richardson and deserves to be punished for it.


One common thread seems to run through every comment, however.

It’s not wise to tell parents how to raise their child.

What do you think?

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