A woman believed to be in her 60s is accused of punching a toddler in the head at Kmart because he was having a tantrum.

Police are investigating an allegation of assault. Mum of three, Rebecca claimed to The New Zealand Herald the woman had rammed a trolley into her two-year-old son’s head and she later discovered she had punched him in the head as well.

Rebecca said she had finished her shopping and was in a lengthy line at the checkout when her children, aged six, four and two, began to get restless.

As the wait continued, her youngest son became inconsolable and disintegrated into a full tantrum.

‘He wouldn’t usually behave like this, but I’ve got to admit – it was a really bad tantrum. Probably one of the worst I would have seen,’ she said.

When she finally got to the front of the queue, her son still in meltdown, an older woman appeared to have lost her patience with the young family.

Rebecca claims she turned around to see a trolley being pushed straight towards her son by a woman thought to be in her 60’s.

When the mother-of-three moved to stop the attack, the woman hurled abuse at her, telling Rebecca to ‘take him bloody home’.

After the alleged attack, Rebecca approached Kmart staff to see what could be done, and CCTV footage allegedly shows the woman appear to intentionally steer her trolley towards the young boy.

A store worker said they would review the footage further, file a complaint and see if they could find the woman, and Rebecca left the store.

Later that day, the man called Rebecca with more terrible news.

‘He said to me, “I’m sorry to do this to you… but I feel it’s the right thing to do”,’ she said.

‘We’ve reviewed the video footage in detail and we can see that she has actually punched your son in the head with quite some force, when your back was turned.’

A police constable visited Rebecca’s home to take her statement last night. She’d been told police were trying to track down the registration plate of the woman’s car, to identify her.

Rebecca said the store manager and police had both been incredibly helpful.

Her son was now fine, despite having two large bumps on his forehead.
However, she felt she had let him down.

“My job is to protect my children. To know that someone has punched him in the head and I haven’t reacted… he’ll be like ‘this is normal for people to do this to me’,” she said.

“I don’t want him to be physiologically damaged.”

Police confirmed they had spoken to Kmart and planned to review footage of the incident on the in-store cameras.

A police spokesman confirmed they had been notified of an alleged assault.

“Police will be looking into the matter and will be following up with the complainant.”

This is not on. Such terrible behaviour towards a young child!

Have you ever witnessed anything like this before?

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  • Hope that lady gets what’s coming yo her.


  • Completely evil. That is blatant assault. And what a coward to do it while the mum’s back was turned. That little boy is lucky to not have sustained more injury than some bumps on his head.
    Let’s hope there’s no internal damage too as he is so young.
    Throw the book at that piece of garbage


  • Disgusting from an older lady who should know much better


  • Omg! This is why respect is earned not mandatory. Ive dealt with a lot of rude elderly in my life so I refuse to respect my elders. I will treat them as I would like to be treated, until they show me reason not to. This woman deserves to be charged and taken down a peg. A 2yr old is not capable of self control of their emotions, at her age she should know better. Definitely would be seeing red and trying to contain myself from ending up in prison myself. I don’t even let my childrens grandparents hit my children, let alone a stranger.


  • That’s awful. I’ve gritted my teeth a few times, but I’d never do anything like this.


  • This is terrible! How can a woman age 60 treat a little kid like that. I normally respect elderly and be nice to them but not this kind of people! Hope she get caught and teach her a good lesson.


  • Oh my gosh that poor child, I wonder if the punch is what set the poor kid off? The poor mum trying to wrangle that tantrum to have it made a million times worse by a stranger. I hope that thing is found and charged


  • Wow this is really taking it too far. Why get involved with this just ignore the child and go on with your own business.

    • Exactly! Imagine how unpleasant it would be for the poor mum to deal with the tantrum without this hideous behaviour from an adult.


  • How disgusting! If anything, the poor old mum should have been having a melt down, not some random shopper. I know it’s not appropriate, but if I was a parent and some stranger decided to punch my child in the head, I would most likely have a knee jerk reaction and punch them! Totally not acceptable


  • I always get stuck in huge lines at department stores. For the billions they make in profit they could make the world a calmer place and hire a few more staff. Hope they track that lady down. She needs to be taken off the streets.


  • Oh no. What a horrible experience for that family. I hope they will be able to identify that woman. A big woman acting like that against a defenseless child. :-(


  • I wouldn’t have been surprised if the old woman caused the tantrum! At the very least she didn’t bloody well help! I don’t care what your damage is, or your reasons behind it, her behaviour was worse than that of the two year old! I hope they find and charge the woman! Poor little boy!


  • I would have cried sooo bad. As if you’d take a child out shopping if you didn’t have to. My kids have tantrumed through a store and almost given me an emotional breakdown because you just feel so bad and embarrassed as it is AND you are trying to get out of there as fast as you can. If someone got angry at me about it I would just breakdown completely! And then to punch a child and ram a trolley at them??


  • This is terrible behaviour from an elderly woman! The same thing happened to a friend of mine when she was in coles, i woman steered her trolley straight into her because she wanted to get past. They say its the younger generation that are rude and disrespectful but I believe they need to treat everyone else with respect and maybe they will get it in return.


  • Disgusting behaviour,l hope they find the woman responsible and have her charged.


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