Emilia Bell was arrested and fired from her clerk job at a Dollar General store in Wrightsville, Georgia, after allegedly beating a customer's 8-year-old son, Logan Ivey, after he ran around and threw a cookie at her last week.
Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling said Ivey (pictured) was running around the store without parental supervision. Ivey was confronted by Bell, who reportedly beat the boy as many as 26 times with a belt, reports WMAZ-TV.
Ivey claims that Bell called him a "demon."
"So I said 'I'll show you bad' and I picked up a cookie and I threw it at her," Ivey told WMAZ-TV. "So then she starts chasing me around the Dollar General with her belt and takes me behind the counter and starts beating me with her belt."
"I felt like I had five needles sticking in me, then it really hurt. I was screaming 'Momma.' I was crying real bad because she [the clerk] had actually hurt me."
The boy's mother and sister were in the store, but did not witness the alleged beating.
The boy's his father, Jody Ivey, saw a surviellance video of the incident and told WMAZ-TV: "It wasn't a spanking, it was more or less a beating than a spanking the way she was hitting him. I don't know how to explain it, and I don't want to think about it."
"Nobody got a right to spank my child or nobody else's child. especially with a belt. I don't even spank my own with a belt."
Bell was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children. She could serve up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Dollar General released a statement: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the reported incident at our store in Wrightsville, Georgia, and have expressed our sincere apologies to the child's family. The type of behavior described in this incident is unacceptable, and the person responsible is no longer employed by Dollar General."