30 years ago this was common, but these days you will catch a case putting your hands on some one’s bad child.

A worker at the Dollar General Store in Wrightsville was arrested Thursday and charged with spanking a customer’s child with a belt.

Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling said he had never encountered a case like this before.

Sterling says he and an investigator went to the Dollar General Store after receiving a call from the child’s father that his son had been spanked by a store worker with a belt.

Sterling said the store’s surveillance video showed it all.  Apparently, the 8-year-old boy was running around the store and got into a confrontation with 39-year-old Emilia Graciela Bell.  Bell told investigators the boy threw a cookie at her and that’s when she removed her belt, chased the boy down and spanked him behind the counter.

The boy’s mother and sister,  who were also in the store, did not witness the spanking, according to the chief.

The chief says Bell was immediately arrested and admitted to investigators what she did.

Sterling said after consulting with other law enforcement leaders, they charged Bell with simple battery.  She was taken to jail and bonded out Friday morning, he said.



  • First! If the parents not doing the job somebody needs to!

  • Why wasn’t he kid with the mom in the first place but the lady should have known that wasn’t gonna fly!

  • presto 2.5

    LMAO!!…”Spank dat azz ma…”

    thats whats wrong wit the world today…no damn respect!…lol

  • BrownSugar

    Lord knows when I use to work at the library, I wanted to take my belt off and tear some kids behinds up for running, talking loud, and using the bathroom to play doctor on each other. There’s more to the story. His lil bad butt was in there before running around and acting the fool and the cashier got fed up since the parents weren’t supervising their child. I bet the next time his bad butt goes in a store he’ll know how to act & stay w/ his parents.