Can a holiday shopper get so stressed out that she chokes her own granddaughter? The answer, if that shopper happens to be 49-year-old Diana Hendren of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is yes — at least according to the Albuquerque Police Department.
Hendren was shopping in an Albuquerque J.C. Penney store on Sunday, with her granddaughter — whose name has not been released — when she was arrested. Police were called to the J.C. Penney store after workers at the store heard the young girl screaming “Don’t choke me!”
According to witness and police accounts reported in the local media, what happened was that Hendren became so stressed out when the girl dropped the grandma’s cash onto the floor of the retail outlet that she grabbed her granddaughter by the throat and proceeded to choke the child.
Hendren admitted as much to the police officers who showed up to grab her, saying that she became enraged when the child dropped the money.
The little girl was transported to a nearby hospital for examination after the alleged assault by her own grandmother. No word on the girl’s condition was made available.
As for the stressed-out shopper herself, Hendren was busted and taken to Bernalillo County Detention Center. She was soon released, but it appears that the last-minute holiday shopping trip could end up with a child abuse charge filed against the grandmother.
Of course, holiday shopping comes with a high degree of pressure, and can often lead to violent outbursts when things don’t go a shopper’s way.
Every year, “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving which is traditionally the year’s busiest shopping day, sees numerous incidents of violence among shoppers.
This year, at the Franklin Hill Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one female shopper apparently carried a taser into the mall. The woman got into a physical altercation with another woman and allegedly blasted her adversary with the stun gun.
The mall later denied that a taser was deployed by either shopper.
In Annapolis, Maryland, on Black Friday of 2014, a brawl somehow broke out among women shopping for sexy lingerie in a Victoria’s Secret store when a 17-year-old shopper was allegedly beaten by two women who had accused her of assaulting them.
The case of Diana Hendren, the shopper who reportedly choked her own granddaughter while shopping in a J.C. Penney store, can now be added to the growing lore of holiday season shopper violence.