New York police are searching for a mother after she allegedly attacked an elderly woman while they were in line to see the new film “Dumbo.”

The incident started when the mother and her two children got in line at an AMC theater in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

An 81-year-old woman, who does not wish to be identified, told NBC New York that the family cut in front of her.

That’s when she reached out to touch the woman’s daughter to let them know. She explained that it was just a tap:

“I went like this, just the gentlest, touch, I just went like that to her daughter.”

The elderly woman said the mom became angry and started yelling. She tried to apologize, but the mother then became violent. She told the outlet:

“She said, ‘Oh yeah?’ And then I felt somebody come behind me and grab onto my hair, and just fling me down backwards.”

Strangers rushed to help the 81-year-old, who had been knocked to the ground.

She was rushed to the hospital, where it was determined she didn’t have any fractures. She was treated for pain and swelling.

Meanwhile, the mother responsible had left the scene. The New York Police Department released a photo of the woman, hoping that the public can help identify her.

New York Police Department

However, some social media users are siding with the mom.

Many said that the elderly woman should not have touched the mother’s child, no matter what the situation was. One Facebook user wrote:

The older woman, should have never put her hands on the woman children. Two sides to this story.

Another said:

Sometimes being stressed can prevent you from acting rational.

Regardless of how some social media users feel, police are on the search for the mom.

The New York Police Department said that if you can help identify the woman, contact 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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29 Replies to “Mother Attacks 81-Year-Old Woman for Touching Her Child — And Some Think Mom Was in the Right”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think that the mother should of never behaved that way in front of her children, the woman tapped not hurt the child… people are just barbaric for some reason!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The elderly woman should never have touched the child, HOWEVER the mother over-reacted. What the elderly woman did was unnecessary and inappropriate a simple excuse me would have sufficed. What the mother did was full on assault.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Maybe the child was closest to her and not the mother. Maybe the elderly lady tapped the girls shoulder so maybe she could tell the mom.
      What would your response be if someone blatantly cut in front of you either at the theater or in a check out line?

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      The mother assaulted and abused an elderly person and when she’s caught she needs some serious jail time.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The mother Knew what she did and was IGNORING the elderly woman, she got pissed when the elderly woman TOUCHED the little girls shoulder to get her attention. The mother Attacking the elderly woman the way she did was VIOLENT ASSAULT and the mother needs to be put in Jail for it!! You’re on Camera WITCH and they will get your NASTY A$$!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I agree! Dont teach your kids to butt in lines! Dont teach your kids to disrespect anyone especially the elderly! I hope thry find her!

  • Carol Dunson 2 years ago

    Honestly, I would’ve let the 81 year old in front of me anyway, it’s called respect and no one has that anymore and it’s sad.

  • Ziggy89 2 years ago

    The mother has zero sense of proportion. If she felt she was in the right why did she drag her sorry ass out of the strange that than stay to make her case.

    Hell of an example for her spawn.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    You know when you have to put your hands on a 81 year old lady you’re a piece of s*** don’t give a fuk Who You Are ain’t no 81 year old lady trying to do no child no harm so this mother has to have a boot stuffed up her butt plain and simple

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think these do good parents should teach their children some manners and respect

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think that mother totally over reacted….I understand that you should never touch anyone’s child but she could have killed that woman….and what would have happened to her child then…a simple .Please don’t touch my child would have been better than going to jail for assult!!!

  • Betty Jackson 2 years ago

    I am so sick of people who haven’t the decency to be kind and try to understand the other person or to at least listen. It’s a good thing that this idiot mother didn’t have a gun! What has happened to common decency and respect for another person?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The mother completely over reacted. Was the child slapped, hit or kicked? Was she crying? Learn to respect your elders and teach children to do the same.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    From now on, I’m carrying a tazor with me everywhere I go. If some little whippersnapper & her momma try to cut in line, theyare toast.

  • Michelle 2 years ago

    pretty sure that mother should pull her head in!!! How would she have felt if she broke this womans hip?! would you jerky people saying she shouldn’t have tapped the child (WHO btw was probably closer than the adults….) have felt if this were your mother or grandmother tossed to the ground?? feel different now don’t you?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The mother is in the WRONG! She first cut the queue and then she assaulted the elderly lady. RESPECT is EARNED Not given on a platter. There’s NO excuse for her behaviour. Pathetic piece of sheet Human Being! I hope someone identifies her and she gets to answer for her stupid and rude behaviour.

  • Lilliann Hodgson 2 years ago

    Perhaps if the family had got in line and waited their turn instead of cutting in front of people who had been waiting there would not be an issue.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Right on Lilliann! Couldn’t have said it better myself…

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    The 81 year old women had no right to touch the child that stood in front of her!! The mother was most likely behind the women in line. Sorry the kids didn’t get to see the movie because of some crazy lady. This 81 year old should be ashamed of herself.

    • Mary Freeman 2 years ago

      Leave it to you, a “me first” person. She was 81, hear me, 81. You don’t attack an 81 year old woman. What the devil kind of a person are you.

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  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Always two sides to a story. Movie theater should have a camera outside. The lady had no right to touch the child.

    • Bart 2 years ago

      So, by your comment. I should let your child walk out into the street to be struck by a vehicle. But I am sure with your attitude that you won’t miss that brat anyway.

  • Mom of nine 2 years ago

    What has happened to our culture that we are so bent out of shape over a simple gentle touch? I have kids and grandkids myself and I would not think a thing of a gentle tap on the shoulder or pat on the head or whatever, whether what followed was a kind correction or a compliment. Unkindness or attack, of course, is another thing, but let’s not be over the top about innocent touch.

    That mom did far more damage to her children than any stranger touching a child on the shoulder could possibly have, not to mention damage to the elderly lady.

  • Clementine 2 years ago

    Keep your hands to yourself. Amen.

  • Patt 2 years ago

    Jail time for the mother. No one needs to be yanked by hair and pushed to ground. Great role model. Now her kids will grow up and push people around .

  • Marsha Cholewinski 2 years ago

    First of all, the mother should have NOT cut in line. The 81 year old woman should have punched her in the face. The reason the mom probably hit the lady, was because she was in the wrong, so to take the attention off her her, she (the mother) had to blame someone else. What a BITCH. She should be arrested. All of this because the older lady touched her daughter, well she was in the wrong place.

  • Kelly Swain 2 years ago

    Everyone keeps saying that there are 2 sides to the story but if mom’s side was righteous she would not have left the line. She knows she was in the wrong and everyone who is oh she should not have touched the child, she was just trying to get someones attention, nothing else, but unfortunately our country today celebrates mean nasty people.

  • Bart 2 years ago

    The mother should be charged with/convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm to a senior citizen. As for the two sides, just how old was the daughter that was tapped?

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