A woman has been charged with child cruelty after she was spotted dragging a toddler believed to be her child on the floor an airport using a child tether.
Police were notified, but airport workers responded before officers arrived.
“Big guy, are you OK?” a male staffer asked the 2-year-old.
It was reported that the little boy was not OK. His face had been bumped numerous times while his mom, who had a baby in a chest harness, kept walking.
The incident happened on Tuesday, May 24 in the North Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Police charged the mother with child cruelty. However there was another angle to the incident that raised cause for concern.
The woman told police she was suffering from a condition that many moms suffer, postpartum depression, reports Fox5.
Dr. Sharon Harley, an OBGYN, said the medical condition is the result of a hormone imbalance that happens during the first few days following the birth of a baby.
“A mother can feel disconnected from those who mean the most, her children,” Dr. Harley said.
She said adding back the hormone that has been depleted is one of the ways to treat the condition.
The mother, who is not from the Atlanta area, was granted a small bond. DFACS responded to the case and is providing ongoing assistance.