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Updated: 2:31 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 | Posted: 2:31 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Viral photos of man grabbing girl's hair in Walmart spark controversy

Viral photo
Via Erika Burch / Facebook

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CLEVELAND, Texas —

Police in Texas are investigating after a concerned shopper at a Cleveland Walmart shared several photos on social media of a man grabbing a child's hair.

>> Watch the news report from KPRC

According to Houston's KPRC, Erika Burch took several photos Monday after she saw the man "dragging this little girl by the hair" in the store.

Another witness, Ora Schumann, told KPRC that the man became angry with the girl "because she wasn't standing right next to the basket."

Burch said the girl told the man, "Please stop. I promise I won't do it again. Please stop!"

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Burch said that when she confronted the man, he told her, "You need to mind your own business."

She later called police and shared her photos on Facebook.

>> See one of the images here



Posted by Erika Burch on Monday, September 19, 2016

"It just so happened a cop was in Walmart," Burch wrote in the post, which has been shared more than 115,000 times. "He came running as we are exchanging terrible words with this [expletive]!"

Burch wrote that the officer's sergeant said they couldn't arrest the man "because there were no visible bruises, nor was her hair missing."

Burch added, "The sergeant ... said, 'He has the right to discipline his children."

Cleveland police said they are investigating the incident.

"The Cleveland Police Department has received numerous calls in regards to a child having her hair pulled last night at Cleveland Walmart," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "We want to assure the community this case is currently being investigated by our Detective Division. CPS has been contacted per our policy and is also investigating this case. A joint investigation is currently being conducted by both agencies."

>> See the post here



The Cleveland Police Department has received numerous calls in regards to a child having her hair pulled last night at...

Posted by Cleveland Police Department on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

KPRC reports that nobody has been charged.

Meanwhile, the images sparked heated discussions on social media.

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