“She said ‘this is the reason why kids are the way they are today,’” said Aliff. “I had to stick up for him.”
The tensions escalated between the two until Aliff said the woman turned around and smacked her.
A store manager called police as Aliff followed the woman outside with her phone, taking photos of her as she got into her car and grabbing a photo of her license plate. So far, no charges have been filed but IMPD says they are investigating both the assault against the child and Aliff.
She posted the encounter on Facebook in hopes of finding someone who knew the woman so they could get help for the young boy.
“Everything goes through your head at that point,” said Aliff. “Do they have full custody of this boy; are they taking him home and beating him?”
Aliff said the post eventually got back to the boy’s mother who messaged her to thank her for sticking up for her son who had been staying with his grandmother for a few days.
“When people see this kind of stuff out and about, someone else has to step up,” said Aliff. “If you see a kid being abused, step in. Say something.”