Video Evidence is not always Clear or Conclusive in #CriminalCases

A 41 year old woman from Scott Township has been accused of assaulting her three year old son inside a Walmart store.

Police say the incident, which was recorded by the store’s video surveillance system, was advised to them by a loss prevention officer.  Apparently he followed the suspect around the store and saw the abuse take place. He said that she the woman dragged the boy across the floor, holding him down and putting her knee on top of him. In addition she allegedly punched him in the ribs with her fist. The security guard then allegedly followed her out of the store into the parking lot where he took down her license plate number.

The police subsequently went to the woman’s home in Carnegie, arrested her, and filed charges. They say that she appeared to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the event.

She will now be sent a summons charging her with simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Considering the fact that Wal-Mart stores have extensive security cameras, it will be interesting to see the quality of video evidence in this case. Child endangerment is never acceptable or defendable. However, considering the fact that the loss prevention officer reported the crime based on his interpretation of what he saw, police will need far more evidence in order to secure a conviction.

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