Walmart fight video sparks concern about child being involved in violence

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (June 10, 2015) - Child advocacy groups are concerned the child involved in a fight at a Beech Grove Walmart could experience negative impacts.

The video has been shared around the world, showing two women attacking each other in the aisle of the Walmart. One woman's 6-year-old son is then seen getting involved in the fight as well. Beech Grove police say they are still investigating and no charges have been filed yet.

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana was contacted by concerned child advocacy groups across the country.

"We got a message from somebody in Massachusetts who sent the video to me a few days ago and said, 'I think this is in Indiana, can you investigate?" said Community Partners Director, Mary Armstrong-Smith.

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana doesn't investigative cases like this. Armstrong-Smith said children who are involved in violence, like the in the viral video, could experience negative impacts affecting their future.

“Kids can have PTSD. They can end up absorbing some of those lessons about violence. They may become violent in their own lives," said Armstrong-Smith.

She added, kids should never be encouraged to become physical. In the video, the 6-year-old boy's mother, Amber Stephenson, is heard telling her son to hit and kick the other woman.

Stephenson has since obtained a lawyer. On Tuesday, she called in to the Smiley Morning Show to defend her actions and defend her parenting.

"He's a little crazy kid. He's just one that I don't ever have to worry about him being bullied in high school," Stephenson said on the radio show. She added, "my son is perfectly well taken care of."

Stephenson said her son is involved in martial arts and his instincts kicked in.

Experts, like Armstrong-Smith, said no age is too young for children to be negatively exposed to violence.

“There is a myth that very young children are not affected by violence and that is a myth completely. Even infants, babies, can be affected by being in the presence of violence. It has effect on their brain development, on their emotional development," Armstrong-Smith said.

It will be up to The Department of Child Services to determine if actions should be taken against the mother. Prevent Child Abuse Indiana has resources to help parents and community leaders. You can find out more by clicking here.

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