Cops: Man spanked stranger's son, 2, in grocery store

James'Logan Morris was in front of Martinez in the line at the cash desk with his two-year-old son

James'Logan Morris was in front of Martinez in the line at the cash desk with his two-year-old son

A man was arrested after spanking a stranger's toddler while in line at a grocery store.

"I told him, 'No, it's too late bud, '" Morris said.

James Morris was shopping with his 2-year-old son, when his son asked for a candy bar.

"I didn't want to start something and it go out of hand and him get hurt in the process", Morris said.

The man is then said to have grabbed the boy by the arm and hit him around the wrist before twisting him round to spank his bottom three times.

"He told my son, 'This is what we do to kids in Mexico, '" Morris recalled after the incident.

'He really just seemed astonished that this guy made a decision to spank him.

The dad called police, who came to the store to question the suspect, Juan Guvarra Martinez. "He just looked at me and seemed confused by the whole thing".

"Juan was taken to the ground and we were able to grab his arm so it could be cuffed", police said.

After he was cleared by Piedmont Newnan Hospital staff, Martinez was arrested on multiple charges, including simple battery, child cruelty, disorderly conduct, obstructing officers and violating probation, according to jail records.

When police attempted to handcuff Martinez, he reportedly pulled away and refused to be taken into custody.

According to the police report, Martinez had bloodshot eyes and a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage". Once officers were able to get him inside of a patrol auto, he proceeded to kick the doors and windows.

Martinez is no longer welcome at the grocery store.

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