Bakersfield Man Toddler: Arrest Made In Horrific Child Abuse, Assault Angers Social Media

WARNING: This footage below of a Bakersfield man reportedly punching a toddler in the face contains material that some viewers may find disturbing due to explicit language and/or the graphic nature of the material.

Thanks to a social media firestorm, a Bakersfield resident who allegedly punched a toddler in his face at a neighborhood grocery store, has been arrested, according to an ABC30 report. Justin Whittington was booked Friday on felony child abuse charges when the disturbing video went viral and the store’s owner made a formal complaint. However, the California man was released from jail on reduced charges for assaulting the child.

Thursday, a video surfaced that appeared to show a man playing with a young boy in the aisles of a grocery store. However, it soon became apparent that the footage uploaded to the internet was not benign; a toddler was being assaulted.