A 20-year-old Michigan mother has been charged with assault after police say she punched a grocery store clerk in front of her 1-year-old daughter.
The incident, which occurred Tuesday at a Kroger store in St. Clair Shores, was captured on surveillance video.
Police said Shelby Parham was in the self-checkout area when she approached a 49-year-old clerk and punched her in the face.
The woman was knocked unconscious and suffered head injuries.
“It's clearly very clear. There's no question as to who's at fault here,” said St. Clair Shores Police Detective Gordon Carrier. FOX2 Detroit.
Investigators said Parham and the clerk exchanged several words after she didn't have enough money in her electronic benefits transfer, also known as a bridge card, to cover her call. That's what it means.
Parham reportedly asked for help deducting some of the items from the register, but the clerk was unable to assist her at that time.
“The employee walked away from her. The defendant became agitated and chased her and punched her in the face,” Carrier said.
Parham's 1-year-old daughter was sitting in a shopping cart when the incident occurred.
Police arrived at the store within minutes and took Parham into custody.
She was given $1,000 bail and is currently out of custody, but could be sentenced to up to a year in prison if convicted of the misdemeanor.
The unidentified store employee has black eyes and is suffering from headaches, and has taken time off from work to recuperate at home.
Kroger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.