Security calls father about son’s shoplifting. Dad goes up there and beats son unconscious.

WHEN HIS SON was caught allegedly shoplifting at the Burlington Coat Factory in Upper Darby on Friday, Marvin Francis didn’t just sweep it under the rug.

Instead, police say, he grabbed a broom from a sales display as he walked to the security office. Once there, he beat his son repeatedly with the broom before dragging him to the sidewalk and knocking him unconscious.


Now it’s Francis who’s being punished, as he sits in the Delaware County Prison on $100,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.

“He beat him like a piece of meat,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. “It’s one thing to discipline a kid, it’s a another thing to feloniously assault a child and then not even get him medical help.”

The incident started about 7 p.m. Friday, when loss-prevention officers at the store, on 69th Street near Chestnut, caught two 16-year-old boys stealing, Chitwood said. He didn’t know what the boys – who are cousins – were accused of stealing, and he didn’t release their names because they are juveniles.
The loss-prevention officers didn’t call police about the thefts, which is not unusual, but they did call the teens’ parents, Chitwood said.

Francis, 39, of Woodcrest Avenue near 76th Street, was the first to arrive.

“As he’s walking in, he picks up a broom in the store from a sales display and walks into the security office and starts beating his son with the broom,” Chitwood said. “Then he throws the broom down and punches, kicks and knocks the kid to the ground.”

All this happened while the boy’s cousin sat nearby. “He’s sitting right there watching, scared to death,” Chitwood said.

Security officers tried to stop the beating, according to police, but then they let Francis sign for his child and walk out of the store with him.

“The next thing you know, he’s outside of the store and he starts punching him and beating him again,” Chitwood said. “This time he knocks him down, stomps him in the head and knocks him unconscious.”
After attempts to revive his son failed, Francis picked him up, threw him over his left shoulder, walked across 69th Street and tossed him into the back of his black Lexus, according to police.
Chitwood said officers were called to the scene by civilians on 69th Street who saw the alleged beating, and not by store security.

“As far as the retail theft, I can understand that they didn’t call us, but when the father started beating the kid the way he did, that’s when [store security] should have called police,” he said.

By the time officers arrived, father and son were gone. Responding officers were able to get the child’s address and went to West Philadelphia to check on his well-being, Chitwood said.

The boy lives with his mother and was there when police arrived. He was conscious and alert, but police tried to convince his mother to take him to a hospital to get him checked out. Chitwood said she was “reluctant” to do so. He didn’t know yesterday if the boy had been seen by a doctor.

Although they don’t live together, Francis allegedly showed up at the mother’s house while police were there and was promptly arrested, Chitwood said.

Look.. let me tell you something about my parents; Julia and Stafford, God rest their souls. IF I was ever caught stealing and the police asked me if I wanted them to call my parents or the police, bytch better believe i’m taking what’s behind door number 2 and going with the police. No way in hell would I have wanted to have either of my parents have to come retrieve me from some ol boolshyt like stealing?? Stealing?? Some ol n*gga shyt?? Maaan my parents could excuse a lot of things and they did. But doing some n*gga shyt was always the NUMBER ONE offense in our house growing up.  We weren’t even allowed to be late for shyt because being late was the ish that n*ggas loved to do.  : shudders:: One day I’ll tell y’all about the one and only time I was ever late in Stafford Caldwell’s house as a teenager. :: cries at the memories ::

DOn’t be late, don’t get anyone pregnant, don’t get arrested for stupid shyt. Those were the three big rules in our house that were met with SEVERE consequences.

The biggest one though? Don’t ever embarrass my parents. So if I had been apprehended for stealing ( n*gga shyt violation) AND embarrass my parents? Please believe I would have just grabbed a gun from aisle 8 and started firing into the air in order for the police to lock me up and put me in a cell with killers and child rapists. Because i’d be safe ass safer there.


I feel bad for this kid, i truly do.  Dude got amistad beat all up and down aisles 4-12 of that Burlington coat factory. That’s a whole lot of Southpole, Rocawear and potpurri to see whilst being beaten.  But…. i bet he never steals again.   Just like I bet pops hopes someone is coming to put some money on his books for the commissary right about now.  His behaviour was stupid as hell to do….in public.

Just saying….

I don’t believe in ever BEATING a kid.

…..but…. just saying.

EVERYBODY learned a lesson THAT day.


Thanks to Hauti’s beige ass for the send in.

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  1. mrsrony says

    BaBEEEEE….All I can do is shrug….and nod. My brother opted to spend the weekend in jail (for drag racing) in lieu of them calling our daddy. Nope. I’ll take my chances with Big Tyrone! My country azz daddy aint never gave one damb. His thing was negro shyt and grades. Zero tolerance for F’s. I got ONE F in my life. Some shyt daddy is just dead azz dead serious about. My parents always said I will fight YOU over you….I aint saying daddy is right….but….welll…consequences man…..they real.

  2. says

    I can guarantee you that he will NEVER steal again…won’t steal candy, porn, music, hearts, pennies left in the middle of the street, etc. I’m not saying it’s right, but this may be one beating that changes this kid’s life. (hopefully for the better)

  3. SY says

    I don’t believe in beating my kids… in public… but once we behind closed doors… prove I did something damnit

  4. Beffa says

    My momma God rest her soul would have just put me in jail. She did not have time for foolishness. she caught me and my childhood bestie skipping school once. Do you think she waited until we got home to beat us. Do you think she walked up on us and beat us. No she called the police told them where we were and said take them to jail. Called my bestie’s grandmother (who she lived with) and they agreed that we should spend the night in juvie. Which we did.

    My mother basically said you want to act like a criminal then you will take the criminal punishment.

    If this would have been me it would not have mattered who you called I was going to get locked up regardless.

  5. Kasey Toomuchcoffeeboi Tucker says

    My grandmother aimed a loaded shotgun at my uncles for fighting in front of the house…My grandfather’s “everybody line up” azz whoopins still pain my memory banks til THIS VERY DAY…I got a crazy asian momma style beat down from my mother for being disrespectful in public (bc her inside of her car was considered out in public) on a Friday afternoon and I missed the whole weekend!..I slept, whimpered, slept, whimpered and woke up on monday morning and walked to school extra early to evaluate the direction I had taken my 4th grade smart mouthed azz! Had I embarrassed Deborah by stealing?!?!?…I wouldn’t be here to smfh at this boy who must have known the consequences of his actions!
    No one’s parent just “out the blue” nuts up, there was that level of beat down already there and lil man rolled the dice, and lost…

  6. DameloSuave says

    I’m low-key surprised the security guards let Pops sign out his child after they witnessed the Roots-level beating the boy took, but hey…you gon’ learn today.

    Not saying it’s right, yet…I understand.

    Did he pay for the broom?

  7. says

    Society has become a bunch of punks… my mother went from whippings, to beatings, to grabbing anything, to just straight punching my in chest…. geez toughen up some.. he shouldn’t be stealing. Back in my day… lawd i wouldn’t even be alive right now

  8. Boo Radley says

    I have questions for the mama. I came up in a house with similar rules, and was with dude right up until the point when he stomped the child in the head. Man, listen…

  9. Baegatha Christie says

    Dinorah didn’t play those games. If I woulda got caught stealing and if the store security asked me if I had a parents, I’d just be like “Iont have a parent. Take me to jail”

  10. Beffa says

    a little concerned that y’all think this is “not OK” but “I understand OK”….yea he could have killed his child…that’s never ok nor should it ever be understandable…

    And as much rage as I carry around with me on a daily basis I have never been so angry that I would uncontrollably beat my child…I do not understand that

    • Nerdprincess says

      Thank you. I could understand ass whoopin’ up to a point. But beating him unconscious? Nah man. You lost me there.

    • cake_and_pies says

      I don’t have kids, so I don’t have any right to respond, but stomping your kid to sleep and catching a case, court appearances and fees, and possible prison time sounds counter-productive. Now this Black man will have the state on his back and on his family’s back for ever.

  11. Hautie says

    I would like to believe, that this was a final straw. That the son had been trying the patience of the parents. And the Father finally snapped and offered up an epic ass whipping.

    From grabbing the broom off the show room floor… to having the teenage cousin being scared straight, as he witness it all.

    I would like to believe, that even if the Father went a tad brutal. That he has made a believer out of these two young men, to make better life decisions.

    And I am telling you. My Mother would have not been the one to pull this with either. As someone stated earlier. Embarrassing your parents in public… was basically a death wish.

    Even to this day I know what Rule #1 is. You do not embarrass your parents. Ever. They may be retired… but not so retired that they would not try to hand out an ass whipping.

  12. Yaya says

    I’m conflicted. You shouldn’t beat your child savagely but then again the beatings in prison are pretty much that so……

  13. Micchi Dawn says

    “Dude got amistad beat all up and down aisles 4-12 of that Burlington coat factory.” I hollered! I’m sorry but guess what lil dude looked for that store tour okay. My biggest peeve is young people stealing. And yes he totally deserved it! He will NEVER steal again! He will be damn near 200 years old and looking over his shoulder for his long dead dad to crucify him if he steps out of line!

  14. JustMe81 says

    Stomping him in the head was over the line…but I pretty much have no problem with the rest of this hard lesson learned. He shouldn’t have been stealing, pops put the big hand on him and I bet you he won’t try it again.

    Lemme tell you I wish I would, I didn’t get spankings growing up because Althea put the fear in my heart and I wasn’t trying to find out what lays on the other side of act right.

    • Beffa says

      he stomped him in the head?

      yea I didn’t really read the full article

      there is NOTHING about what this man did OK NOTHING

      and the fact that he got that mad to the point of stomping HIS OWN SON in the head tells me that this “dad” is probably abusive in general…but y’all go head on and keep “understanding” this “dad”

  15. Divalalake says

    I got my share of whoopins, but never got beat down. I can’t co-sign on crazy. There’s a point where it’s just abuse, not discipline.

  16. Unckle_Ruckus says

    I’m shocked that witnesses pulled out their phones to call the police, and didn’t just yell “Worldstar” and start recording.

  17. marina says

    My mom never beat me. What she would do is ignore me in a way like you see in soap operas where the illegitimate child disgusts or is treated like a burden in the family. I’d rather take a whooping and be done with it. That hurt less than being treated like I didn’t belong to her. This kid will have flashbacks the rest of his life if he ever thinks of stealing anything. And I hope dad learned a lesson as well in beating his kid senseless in public.