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Disturbing Incident on Seventh Ave. in the South Slope

October 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There is a nasty story that popped up this morning on Brooklynian about a case of child abuse that someone witnessed on the street. The conclusion is that “it was dealt with,” but the details are simply disgusting. Here it is:

I was riding the bus on 7th Ave in South Slope last night and witnessed a pretty horrible incident. A guy – late 40s perhaps – was walking down 7th with a kid of perhaps 10 yrs. The kid was carrying a bike helmet when suddenly the guy turned around and smacked the helmet out of his hands. The kid started crying and picked up the helmet and then threw it down again in a sort of tantrum. No big deal, I thought.

Then, the guy grabbed the kid by his jacket, at the neck and the lower back, picked him up off the ground, and threw him into the doorway of a store onto the floor (door was open, not through the door). He then walked up to the boy, who was lying on his back, and kicked him at least twice. The store had several people in it. The woman behind the counter came around and helped the boy up. She appeared to be related to both the kid and guy. They talked while she tried to comfort the crying boy. Pretty shocking and sad. Makes me wonder what kind of family dynamic is at work there.

The store isn’t identified by the writer.

Tags: South Slope

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Red Hook // Oct 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    The details on Brooklynian are kind of vague.

    Such situations should be dealt with by calling 911 0n your cellphone. The father (or whomever) will be arrested. Stay around to make sure and give a statement.