Photos of man gripping child’s hair onto Walmart shopping cart prompts investigation

Police are investigating after photos surfaced showing this man allegedly gripping a child by her hair around a Texas Walmart. (Photo: Facebook/Erika Burch via KPRC)
Police are investigating after photos surfaced showing this man allegedly gripping a child by her hair around a Texas Walmart. (Photo: Facebook/Erika Burch via KPRC)

CLEVELAND, TX (KPRC) — Texas police are investigating after photos of a man gripping a child’s hair onto a Walmart shopping cart surfaced on social media, NBC affiliate KPRC-Tv reports.

Erika Burch and her husband, Robert Burch, witnessed the incident Monday afternoon at a Cleveland, Texas Walmart. She said her husband turned to her and asked, “Do you see what that guy is doing to that little girl?”

Erika Burch said the man was “dragging this little girl by the hair.” She said the little girl was saying, “Please stop. I promise I won’t do it again. Please stop!”

That’s when Erika Burch took several photos of the man and the girl.

“He dragged that baby around the store,” Robert Burch said.

Erika Burch said she told the man to let go of the girl’s hair, but he told her to mind her own business. She then called police.

“Very concerned for the well-being of the child,” Cleveland police Chief Darrel Broussard said.

Police said they are working with Child Protective Services on the investigation. CPS told KPRC-TV that they are checking to see if there are other children in the home and if the man in the photo has a “pattern of behavior.”

No charges have been filed.

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