Bakersfield man held after little boy slapped on video

Apr 10, 2015 4:29 PM by News Staff

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.

KERO-TV reports 23-year-old Justin Whittington was taken into custody Thursday night on suspicion of child endangerment.

The video posted to social media showed a boy running through Vest Market. The toddler was approached by a man who hit him in the face.

The man then picked up the toddler and woman came up and took away the boy, who appeared to be crying.

The Kern County Jail website showed Whittington remained in custody Friday with bail set at $1 million. A call for comment was left a Whittington telephone listing.


Information from: KERO-TV

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