The mother who urged her six-year-old son to help her fight another woman at an Indiana Walmart has been arrested and charged.
The Beech Grove Police Department have arrested Amber Stephenson, 34. She has been charged with neglect of a dependent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The charges leveled at Stephenson are a Level 6 felony and Class A misdemeanor, respectively. The class 6 felony charge is punishable by up to two and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Stephenson and Rebecca Mills, 39, were shopping on Thursday, June 4, at around 10 pm at a Beech Grove, Indiana, Walmart, when an argument erupted. (Scroll down for part two.)
Prosecutors do not intend to charge Mills, because they were concerned with the “safety and welfare of the child, not choosing sides in what appears to be a mutually combative situation”, The Indianapolis Star reports.
When questioned by officers after the brawl, Stephenson said that she saw and heard Mills threaten a Walmart employee.
After some verbal exchanges, Mills got out of a motorized scooter she was using and challenged Stephenson to a fight, shoving her down in an aisle.
Once Stephenson got up, she jumped on her attacker and even got her six-year-old son to help her in the fight.
A witness told NBC 13 that the fight started after the woman in the motorized scooter complained to a Walmart staff member about the number of carts in the aisles. The other woman then came to the worker’s defense.
After she shoved Stephenson to the ground, Mills got pinned to the ground as the attacked woman urged her young son to get involved.
1. Amber Stephenson, 34, has been arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor (photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Department).
2. Two women were caught on camera as they brawled on Thursday night at a Walmart in Beech Grove, Indiana.
The child is then seen throwing shampoo bottles and other items at his mother’s opponent.
Much to everyone’s shock, the mother then screams:
Johnny, punch her in the face! Johnny, punch her in her f****** face!
The boy promptly does what he’s told and kicks the woman, too, as bystanders await security, but do not get involved themselves, afraid of possible consequences.
3. After exchanging words, Mills rode over, got up, and challenged the other woman to a fight.
Meanwhile, the boy continues to help his mother, as the women fight and even tells bystanders:
I’m not playing.
You can’t tell me to stop! Do not even tell me what to do!
Eventually the fight breaks up and, incredibly, the two women leave the store without being charged or even having their names taken by security, despite the fact that they destroyed store property during the brawl.
4. Once Stephenson had Mills pinned down, she told her son, 6: “Johnny, punch her in the face! Johnny, punch her in her f****** face!”
The Walmart employee said that she was restocking shelves and shopping carts loaded with merchandise were in the aisle. Then Mills hit the carts with her motorized scooter and started yelling at her.
Beech Grove Police Maj. Tom Hurrle said at the time:
It was an avoidable fight between two females that should’ve known better, in front of a six-year-old boy.
I worry for the future of this young man, too, if he’s already like that as a six-year-old.
A store spokesman said that police arrived on the scene eight minutes after they were called but the women were gone.
5. Brawl at a Walmart in Beech Grove, Indiana — part 2.
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