Police arrested Amber Stephenson, 34, on preliminary charges of child neglect, a felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.
The video, posted to YouTube on June 4, shows Stephenson begin fighting with Rebecca Mills, 39. Stephenson can be heard telling her 6-year-old son to hit Mills in the face. The child complies and is seen hitting Mills with his fists and with shampoo bottles.
There were several onlookers who watched the fight, but none of them stepped in to stop it.
Police then began working to identify the two women in the video. On Wednesday, Stephenson came forward and tried to defend herself on a radio show.
"(The woman) was sitting there yelling at an employee at Walmart, and she was telling her that she was a (expletive) and that she was going to get out of the chair and whoop her (expletive)," Stephenson told the Smiley Morning Show. "She used the 'n-word,' so in my defense, I was standing up for the employee."
Police arrested Stephenson two days after that radio interview. Prosecutors tell WRTV that Mills will not face any charges related to the fight.
Walmart did issue a statement to WXIN-TV, reading in part:
- "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 Walmart property. 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."