A dollar store clerk in Georgia was arrested and later fired after allegedly spanking a customer’s unruly child with a belt.
According to KVUE News, Dollar General clerk, Emilia Bell, took off her belt and spanked 8-year-old Logan Ivey 25 times after he reportedly “terrorized” her store and threw a cookie at her.
The entire incident was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras.
Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling responded to the scene when Ivey’s father, who was not at the store during the spanking, called to say his son had been beat by a worker.
Bell was then arrested after she admitted she spanked the child, said Sterling.
“I wish everyone could see the video,” said Jody Ivey, Logan’s dad. “It shows how many times she really hit him and how bad it was.”
“It felt like five needles were sticking in me,” 8-year-old Logan told WMAZ after the ordeal. “I was screaming, ‘Momma.’”
Logan’s mother and sister, who were in the store at the time, did not witness the spanking, according to police reports.
Sterling said after consulting with other law enforcement leaders, they charged Bell with simple battery. She was taken to jail and released on bond Friday morning, he said.
On Monday, Bell was fired by Dollar General, who released the following statement:
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the reported incident at our store in Wrightsville, Georgia, and have expressed our sincere apologies to the child’s family. The type of behavior described in this incident is unacceptable, and the person responsible is no longer employed by Dollar General.”
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Readers: Do you think Dollar General clerk Emilia Bell was justified in her spanking of Logan Ivey? What would you do if a stranger disciplined your child?