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  • Woman spanks stranger's child for "talking back" to her.


    Spanking a child in public usually won't cause too much of a ruckus -- unless it's not your child.

    Gloria Ballard is accused of swatting a toddler's behind at an Over-the-Rhine store on Tuesday.

    Court documents state that Ballard was at the Salvation Army store when she confronted the toddler's mother, Dannay Jones.

    Jones told News 5's Brian Hamrick that her son had talked back to her at the store. Jones said that's when Ballard came over and told her to do something about it.

    Vote: Is it OK to spank another person's child?

    "She was basically telling me what to do with my son," said Jones. Jones said she responded to Ballard by saying, "Lady, you don't know me. I handle my business. I'm doing right to take care of my son."

    That's when Jones said Ballard grabbed her son, 2-year-old Sean Goode, from her.

    "She took him (off) my lap, bent him over her legs and spanked him like three or four times. He started crying," said Jones.

    Jones said she pushed Ballard away, though she admitted she wanted to do more to her.

    Ballard was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on assault charges. She was ordered to stay away from Jones and her son.

    Outside the courtroom, a teary Ballard spoke to reporters about the incident. She said that she did not spank the toddler, but only tapped him on the behind.

    "I gave him love, affection, attention," said Ballard as she wrapped her arms around a reporter and tapped him on the rear end to demonstrate what she said she did to the boy.

    The story has people across the Tri-State talking and many say they've had similar things happen to them.

    Web sites such as momslikeme.com, (formerly known as cincimoms.com,) have seen their message boards fill up with comments from parents voicing their opinion on this story.

    Many of the comments are angry and claim that Ballard crossed the line.

    "Have some people just been hit up side the head with a ten pound sack of stupid? Is there a village missing an idiot?" user lovemylife said.

    Parent Kate Cink said knows what it's like to have someone else tell her how to discipline her daughters.

    "Well, somebody actually came up to me once and told me I should hit my child, and I was completely offended," Cink said.

    She said she was outraged when she heard about the stranger who allegedly dished out a spanking to someone else's 2-year-old.

    "I think it's absolutely atrocious," Cink said.

    Others weren't so quick to judge.

    "I am not excusing the 43 year old spanker, but I think people are tired of screaming kids and crappy parents. I would love to go into a store just once and not hear screaming children," a user named XpressUrSelf said.

    Brittany Jackson, a nanny who has worked at several day cares in the Tri-State, said she thinks Ballard was wrong, but shouldn't have been arrested.

    "Unless the kid was physically hurt from it, then I think an assault charge is too much," Jackson said.

    Parent Laura Whitman said an adult can verbally discipline her children, as long as it's within reason.

    "If it's bad enough, you remove yourself or remove your children from the situation. But no, you never lay your hand on somebody else's child," Whitman said.
    I remember the thread about the dude who smacked the child in Walmart but this is one step further.

    She takes the child out of her mothers hands, put him over her lap, then spanks him?

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    wow she should've asked first.

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    • #3
      I guarantee you that a "push" would have been the least reaction that she got from me.
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      • #4
        "Court documents state that Ballard was at the Salvation Army store"

        Need we say more? ('Well Jerry, it was like this....')
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        • #5
          Originally posted by KapsFB View Post
          "Court documents state that Ballard was at the Salvation Army store"

          Need we say more? ('Well Jerry, it was like this....')
          Well, I have to admit wondering exactly what the age of the mother is, because I didn't see it (not to mention, I'm old-fashioned enough to wonder why the 2yo has a different last name than his mother).

          Yes, I know it's aggravating to share public places with undisciplined children ... however, she was *way* over the line in dealing with the situation.
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          • #6
            They would have had to book her......after she was released from the ICU.......
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            • #7
              Again, everyone assumes the child was misbehaving....why?

              If she beat the crap out of someone who was in the 10 itmes or less lane with a full cart, would everyone say it was justified?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by willowdared View Post
                If she beat the crap out of someone who was in the 10 itmes or less lane with a full cart, would everyone say it was justified?
                Me... ME...count me in!

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                • #9
                  Same response as previous thread, although my wife would have eliminated the threat long before I got there to do something about it in this case

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KapsFB View Post
                    "Court documents state that Ballard was at the Salvation Army store"

                    Need we say more? ('Well Jerry, it was like this....')
                    What in the HELL does that have to do with anything? My wife LOVES to shop at the local Salvation Army store. And guess what? I'm quite certain she's making more jack then most on here. Nice way to stereotype people bub.
                    Why are there so many babies on O.com? Creole, you and your buddy JPSO Recruit help me out on this one....

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                    • #11
                      http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapc...kes/index.html
                      Last edited by Nobody; 10-08-2009, 09:29 AM.

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                      • #12
                        The actions of the TWO YEAR OLD CHILD is NOT the issue. The actions of the ADULT is the problem. What can a two year old do to YOU that you would take this child from the mother and hit it? Who is the adult here?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Smurfette_76 View Post
                          The actions of the TWO YEAR OLD CHILD is NOT the issue. The actions of the ADULT is the problem. What can a two year old do to YOU that you would take this child from the mother and hit it? Who is the adult here?
                          As usual, perfectly stated
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KapsFB View Post
                            "Court documents state that Ballard was at the Salvation Army store"

                            Need we say more? ('Well Jerry, it was like this....')
                            Lots of perfectly decent, normal people shop at thrift stores. You can get really good bargains on quality clothing if you try. I have whole outfits I get compliments on -- all stuff from thrift stores.

                            Sometimes it's not even about saving money, but about style. Every so often the regular stores I shop at have designers who got bit by the ugly bug. Last year it was all pretty bad. A thrift store will often have good, classic items.

                            Don't knock it till you've tried it.


                            As for the topic -- I don't see ANY justification for hitting a 2 year old, whether you're a stranger or a parent.

                            As for being upset with parents who let their kids run wild in pubic -- your problem isn't with the kid, it's with the parents. Got a problem? TALK with the PARENTS about it.
                            Last edited by rubyrose; 09-18-2009, 05:23 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I know one Goodwill store that got a perfectly good 12 place set of sterling silver tableware after my mother died. I had forgotten I gave it to her to use at christmas, and forgot to retrieve it before my sister gave the whole house away to Goodwill.
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