BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - State Police caught up to a man who they say slapped and then threw a small child to the floor after loudly yelling at him inside the Walmart in Batavia.
Troopers interviewed several customers of the store on Thursday after the incident, who say they witnessed the man injure the little boy. One customer said he saw the man pick the child up over his head and slam the boy to the floor. That customer yelled at the man to stop and then called police.
Police gave The Batavian a photo of the suspect taken from a surveillance camera, and the newspaper posted it online. Within minutes, authorities say they had a lead on the man's identity.
Troopers drove to Sheppard Road in Pavilion and placed 28-year-old Christopher Cummings of Warsaw under arrest, charging him with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.
In a statement given to State Police, Cummings told troopers "I slapped him, I think with my right hand I'm pretty sure. He started crying a little. He kept arguing about the cards. That's when I picked him up and slammed him down. That's when the people in the store started yelling at me."
Cummings also told police he knows he has an anger management problem, and would like to get help for it. After being arraigned, Cummings was taken to the Genesee County Jail on $2,500 bail.
His son, a 7-year-old boy, was found uninjured, but was taken to the United Memorial Medical Center for a full examination.
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