Wrightsville, GA – A Dollar Store employee in Georgia is facing multiple assault charges after she took it upon herself to discipline a customer’s unruly child by beating the 8-year-old with a belt.
According to reports, 8-year-old Logan Ivey was in the Dollar Store with his mother, allegedly running around being a little shit. He was confronted by one of the store’s employees, 39-year-old Emilia Bell, who called him a demon.
“So I said ‘I’ll show you bad’ and I picked up a cookie and I threw it at her,” said Logan. “So then she starts chasing me around the Dollar General with her belt and takes me behind the counter and starts beating me with her belt.”
Police reviewed surveillance footage and say it doesn’t show what led up to Bell’s disciplinary measures, it clearly shows Bell hitting Logan as many as 26 times with a belt as he screamed for his mother and tried to squirm away. Wrightsville’s police chief Paul Sterling told reporters these strikes were not in one area of Logan’s body, but were all over Logan’s body.
Bell was immediately arrested and charged with simple battery, but that charge has since been upgraded to aggravated assault. Authorities have also added a charge of cruelty to children after viewing the assault from a different camera angle and consulting with the Johnson County magistrate.
Dollar General has since fired Bell after seeing the video footage and released the following statement:
“Dollar General strives to provide a safe and welcoming place for our customers to shop,” The statement said. “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the reported incident at our store in Wrightsville, Ga. and have expressed our sincere apologies to the child’s family. This incident is contrary to our core values of serving our customers and communities and does not reflect the commitment of our nearly 93,000 employees to treat everyone who enters our stores with kindness and respect. The type of behavior described in this incident is unacceptable, and the person responsible is no longer employed by Dollar General.”
Bell is facing up to 20 years in prison and has declined to comment on the incident.
Even if Logan’s mother was allowing him to run around the store like an animal, and even if Logan did throw a cookie and a battery at Bell, it doesn’t excuse her beating on him like she did. But I understand why she did it. There have been many times that my desire to never go back to jail has almost been superseded by my desire to beat the shit out of a kid acting up in public, along with the parents that were allowing it.Tags: Assault, Beating, belt, Child Abuse, Dollar Store, Emilia Bell, Georgia, Logan Ivey