- Amber Stephenson, 34, and Rebecca Mills, 39, were caught on camera as they brawled at a Walmart in Beech Grove, Indiana
- Stephenson spoke to a radio show and said she approached the other woman after she called an employee the n-word
- The woman then challenged her to a fight and they started brawling
- Stephenson’s 6-year-old son looked on and even helped his mother by striking the other woman multiple times and throwing shampoo bottles
- Mother now faces charges for neglecting a dependent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after telling son to ‘punch her in her f***ing face’
Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
08:49 EST, 13 June 2015
09:02 EST, 13 June 2015
A mother who was captured on camera beating a fellow Walmart shopper and calling for her six-year-old son to help has been arrested after a video of the incident was widely shared online.
Amber Stephenson, 34, of Beech Grove, Indiana, has been not charged with assault for the fight in the shampoo aisle.
However, she was been booked on neglect of a dependent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for the role of her son in the brawl.
The mother has said the confrontation began when the other woman, Rebecca Mills, 39, made a racist remark towards an employee at the big box store around 10pm last Thursday.
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Rough: Amber Stephenson, 34, and Rebecca Mills, 39, were caught on camera as they brawled at a Walmart in Indiana. Stephenson, who was with her 6-year-old son, has been arrested for neglect of a dependent
Shocking: After exchanging words, Mills, who was in the motorized scooter rode over, got up and challenged the Stephenson to a fight before they grabbed each other and fell to the ground
Indiana’s neglect law ranges up to serious physical abuse, but includes a prohibition against behavior that ‘places the dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent’s life or health.’
Stephenson’s neglect of a dependent charge is a class 6 felony punishable by up to two and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a misdemeanor.
Prosecutors said that they would not charge Mills because they were concerned with the ‘safety and welfare of the child, not choosing sides in what appears to be a mutually combative situation,’ according to the Indianapolis Star.
A woman who only identified herself as Amber called the Smiley Morning Show on WZPL and told hosts that she was in the Walmart when she heard the other woman, who was in a motorized scooter, call the worker the n-word.
‘She was sitting and yelling at an employee and she was telling her she was a n***** and she was going to get out of her chair and whoop her ass,’ she said.
Mills had reportedly been upset that there were shopping carts full of supplies to be restocked in an aisle before launching the alleged abuse.
The Walmart employee later told investigators that Mills had not said the n-word, but had threatened her.
Johnny, (left) the 6-year-old, was described as a ‘little crazy kid’ who loves martial arts. His mother (right) is charged under a law against putting a ‘dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent’s life or health’
‘In my defense for the employee, I asked [Mills] if she was miserable with her life. That’s when she rolled her supposedly crippled [inaudible] down there and jumped out of her chair,’ she told the show.
The mother said she fought back because ‘I don’t stand for that. With all the racial stuff going on these days… Grow up’.
Another customer pulled out his camera and started filming the altercation in which the two women lunge at each other and end up scrapping on the ground as witnesses shout at them to stop.
Stephenson’s six-year-old son then gets involved; he is seen throwing shampoo bottles at the woman pinned down by his mother.
‘Johnny, punch her in the face!’ Stephenson screams. ‘Johnny, punch her in her f***ing face!’
The boy does as his mother says.
Reversal: Once Stephenson had Mills pinned, she told her six-year-old son to give her a helping hand. In the radio interview, the mother said that her son was a good boy and well looked after
Responding to questions about her son’s role in the fight, Stephenson told the radio hosts that he was ‘a little crazy kid’ who loves taking martial arts classes.
‘I don’t have to worry about him ever being bullied in high school,’ she said.
And answering questions over the boy’s well-being and attitude, she added: ‘My son has been a straight-A, honor roll student all year… He’s a teacher’s pet. He’s in a Christian private school.’
She insisted that he was ‘perfectly well taken care of’, pointing out that he has a large ‘amount of shoes in his closet’.
In the video, bystanders can be heard wondering where security is, afraid to get involved themselves over the possible repercussions or potential lawsuits.
Speaking to the radio station, Stephenson also complained that no one stepped in to help her.
‘I don’t blame Walmart employees for not intervening. But as far as security, if you go to any other Walmart fight video, security is right there trying to break it up, help them.’
Following the fight, the cops arrived but no charges were brought. Her husband saw cops watching the video recorded by the shopper and said the officers were laughing.
Scrap: The little boy looks on – and even shouts at other witnesses – as his mother swipes at the woman
Stephenson was checked over in an ambulance. She did not suffer any injuries and believes she walked away the victor.
‘From everyone else’s point of view, I did get the best of her,’ she said. ‘I seen a little blood.’
The video of the altercation was uploaded to YouTube on Monday and had been viewed more than 1.5 million times within a day.
‘This type of behavior inside one of our stores is completely unacceptable and we are notifying the individuals involved that they are no longer welcome on Wal-Mart property,’ a Walmart spokesperson said.
‘Once we were aware of this situation, a member of our management immediately called the police and we are continuing to work with them on this matter.’
Beech Grove Police Maj. Tom Hurrle added in the aftermath of the incident: ‘It was an avoidable fight between two females that should’ve known better, in front of a six-year-old boy.
‘I worry for the future of this young man, too, if he’s already like that as a six-year-old.’
Scene: Stephenson and Mills left the Indiana Walmart, pictured, and have since been banned from the store