Child on leash dragged through a Verizon store

Child on leash dragged through a Verizon store
So it's not your typical Sunday when you see a child, almost motionless, being dragged on a leash through a Verizon store. That's exactly what store employees and other shoppers witnessed in a Verizon Wireless store located in Rome, Alabama. The video clearly shows how the woman, Melissa Catherine Smith-Means, aimlessly drags the child across the store. The child had visible marks on his neck from the backpack leash attached to him. Police authorities arrived around 12:30 PM and charged the 37 year old woman for first degree cruelty to children. She currently remains in jail without bail for the incident. It's just shocking to see a grown adult treat a young child like that – especially in a public place.

via TechEBlog


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26 Comments

1. smimi15

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 05, 2008

What does this have to do with cell phone news again? Is this now called childabusearena.com? I thought I typed in PhoneArena.com, but I could be wrong.

2. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Oh get real, you really have no sympathy for that kid?! That's a shame. They were only reporting this on here because it was in a Verizon store. Just chill out man.

3. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Yeah, for real what is up with this news. Don't you guys know smimi15 and myself are too damn cool and above the horrors of our world to show anything but indifference or at best, antipathy towards news posts such as this. Get with it guys, only post completely on topic news posts so as we wont have to filter through things like this. I mean, it is OUR website right smimi15?? /sarcasm off //also, obvious troll is obvious

4. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

What great parenting!

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

glad i'm not that kid.

6. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

I'd like to see her dragged on a leash over an anthill, or near a hornet's nest

10. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

ur real nice

7. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i feel sorry for that child. but it has to be a VERIZON STUPID customer to do that. verblowzon SUCK!

25. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

dude the name verblowzon sucks...someone please make up a better word :-)

8. rawwmc1099

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 02, 2009

man...I remember stepping into a verizon wireless store for the first time and that was only a couple days ago , man it didn't feel welcoming...then again no place is welcoming when people don't talk or just stare at you.... AT&T? i guess?? haha

9. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Lol! Man that's HORRIBLE! Sometimes with kids you just gotta suck it up and deal with their childish shit. I'll admit sometimes my son makes me wanna grab his neck and shake him like Homer does to Bart, but you just gotta chill and realize what's going on and laugh it off. That's what I've found to be the best thing for me to get around getting too steamed up about my 2 year olds sometimes outlandish behavior.

11. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

good. try and challenge that with a recorded video. what a dumbass......deserves jail...

12. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Wow ! that Kid really wants Verizon's service. Doesn't wanna leave the store.

13. pureland

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 30, 2009

Disgusting!!! Such people do not deserve to have children!!!

14. xcalibur

Posts: 49; Member since: May 18, 2009

ya'll say poor kid i say poor mom. that kid i can tell is a brat i've seen numerous kid's just lay on the ground because they didn't get their way.

16. Vacuus Dilectio

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 29, 2009

Kids are kids tho. They don't always make the best choices, but as adults there is no excuse for acting just as childish.

19. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

yup your right poor mom

15. Mo daddy

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 23, 2009

What a shame for someone to do something like that but now I know what Kind of customers VERIZON has a bunch of idiots

17. Vacuus Dilectio

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 29, 2009

Man, People are really desperate to start a carrier war in any post lol. This has nothing to do with phones or verizon in general other than it happened in a verizon store. It could have easily happened at Toy's R Us. It in no way reflects on the carrier or it's customers in general.

18. puggunit

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 31, 2009

probably pissed about her 400$ security deposit. Scum

20. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

f#ckin amazing hahahahahaha

21. Maarek Stele

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 27, 2008

And yet we don't birth control people like that. The Movie Gattaca comes to mind where people need to register before having a child.

22. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I dunno w/e happened before that video was taken, so I'm not gonna comment on that. But the way I've seen kids behave these days, some of them need to be dragged on the floor like that. I don't care how it seems, some of these kids are ruthless spoiled brats, and until you do something drastic, you're going to get walked over by them. Now again, I don't know what this lady's motive was, so I'm not gonna comment on that vid, I'm just saying, in general, there a kids that need to get some hardcore discipline. Abuse is abuse, and discipline is discipline. Is that video showing abuse? Probably. But, is it showing discipline? Maybe. I dunno, but, I can see both sides. Scenario a) could be, you have to be at a certain place at a certain time, and your kid is not having it. You try to pick them up to carry them out, you get kid and bitten, you try to compromise, you get a face full of 'no!', you yank on the leash once, they ain't budging, you yank twice, nope, your kid's not moving. So what do you do? You drag that lil brat out the store, saying, 'if you don't want to move, then I'll just drag you out'. Or you could just leave them there. On the other hand, scenario b) could be, you have no patience and you're a crappy parent, and if your kid is having a temper tantrum , you say fuck it, and just drag them regardless of anything. So you know, there are always two sides.

23. metalpoet unregistered

if i was that kid i would have stood up and kicked the mom in the ass!

24. metalpoet unregistered

if her kid is being a pain....DONT BRING THE LIL BRATS IN PUBLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26. ssdd

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 04, 2009

Well thanks for this in depth story. Although there is one error in this article. There is no such place as Rome, AL...this actually happened in Rome, GA. I can disregard the grammatical errors but couldn't phonearena at least get the state right? I know b/c I've been in this exact store. Anyway, a childs behavior usually indicates the type of parents mommy and/or daddy are. One good thing about this happening in public is that people were able to report it to the police which possibly kept further abuse from happening at home.

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