A Mexico man has been arrested after abusing a stranger's 2-year-old child in a grocery store checkout line. Police in Newnan, Georgia says 62-year-old Juan Guvarra Martinez spanked a stranger's child at a Newnan Kroger grocery store.
The father of the victim, Logan Morris, said he was waiting in the checkout line when his 2-year-old son asked for candy. "I told him, 'No, it's too late bud'," Morris said. That is when the man behind them in line grabbed his son's hand and spun him around to spank him three times.
Morris said, "I didn't know what to think. I was blown away by the situation." Next, Martinez told Morris, "That's how we deal with kids in Mexico." Morris replied, "We're not in Mexico," and left the store to call the police.
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Newnan police responded to the store and arrested Martinez who was still in line. The store employees worked to separate the parties, according to the police report.
He told police the boy was "doing something with a candy bar" and the report started Martinez's eyes were bloodshot and he had a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person."
Police also said Martinez's speech was slurred and he was belligerently cussing in front of employees and customers. The police report also described how Martinez began kicking the doors and windows of the police vehicle he was placed in.
Martinez was arrested and charged with battery, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of officers. He was also placed on the store's Criminal Trespass Log barring him from entering any of the company's locations.
Michelle Lott is the 2-year-old boy's grandmother and credit's Logan Morris's calm reaction for keeping the situation civil and under control. "I didn't want to start something and have him get hurt in the process," she said. "I wanted him out of the store, my son."
Logan Morris stated he does not hit his own kids and does not want anyone else doing it either.
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