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Jamira McDaniel: Mom kicks infant daughter in rage after getting caught shoplifting in New Jersey Walmart

Jamira McDaniel, 23, has been charged with assault, stealing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief
Jamira McDaniel (inset) attempted to shoplift at a Walmart in New Jersey (Facebook/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Jamira McDaniel (inset) attempted to shoplift at a Walmart in New Jersey (Facebook/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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TETERBORO, NEW JERSEY: A mother was arrested after she kicked her infant daughter in rage after being caught shoplifting. Jamira McDaniel, 23, of Paterson was caught trying to steal at a Walmart, according to authorities. Walmart theft protection staff caught Jamira shoplifting on December 27 at the supercenter in Teterboro, according to Moonachie Police Lt Jeff Napolitano.

McDaniel was with her 1-year-old daughter at the store when she was caught. The infant girl was kicked in the back by McDaniel as she was being escorted to the store's security office, according to Napolitano. The young child was sent across the floor from the impact of the kick and into the security office. 


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Security cameras reportedly captured the incident, according to Napolitano. He claimed that although Bergen County court received a video of the mother kicking the infant, it was not yet accessible to the general public. After picking up the distressed girl and giving her to McDaniel's sister, Walmart theft protection agents dialed 911.

"McDaniel, upset by the girl who was now screaming and crying while being held by her aunt, began punching walls and yelling for the baby to stop crying," Napolitano explained. "McDaniel also grabbed the baby and began to shake her while she was being held by her aunt."

Soon after arriving at the store, Moonachie police contacted an ambulance to assess the infant. Fortunately, emergency personnel discovered the girl was unharmed. According to Napolitano, the mother has been charged with assault, stealing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief. McDaniel was booked into the Bergen County jail, where she was still being held as of December 28 night. The child was delivered to family members and the aunt was not charged, Mirror reports.

Child abuse stories such as this one are unfortunately not that uncommon. A six-year-old kid was "drowned in a toilet as punishment" by his mother's boyfriend before being discovered dead under the floorboards at home last week. Blu Rolland, from Arkansas, died three months ago at his family's house in Moro, which is 70 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee, but it wasn't until Friday, December 23 that his body was found.

According to new paperwork filed with Lee County Circuit Court, Ashley Rolland, 28, told officers that her boyfriend, Nathan Bridges, allegedly killed her son. She provided police with information that Bridges allegedly punished her son for biting his finger by holding his head in a toilet bowl. The mother has since been charged with two charges of allowing child abuse as well as two counts of capital murder, abuse of a body, tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a minor, and abuse of a corpse.