There is this single mother in my apartment block. She is always screaming at her very young (I'd says 4 years old) son to do as she tells him.
Most of the time I let her be, I understand how a young child can be a pain in the ass and I want to keep to myself. Not today.
As usual she came in from the front door, dragging the uncooperative child and screaming at him. I hear everything because my door is right next to the entrance. I hear her tell him to get up the stairs or he'll get a beating. She then does it. I didn't see it, but the sound was clearly someone slapping a winter coat 3 time, hard enough that I would hear it trough the door.
I had enough so I got out, barefooted in my pajamas to confront her or at least see what was going on. She got real quiet when she heard my door open. The child was face down on the floor, wasn't crying or anything, just laying there. She goes instantly on the defensive, saying that her child is autistic, that he doesn't do what he's told. I tell her that it's not a reason to beat him. She didn't like that.
She tells me he doesn't have any mark, that she can strip him if I want to look. I tell her that if this continue it won't be me that will inspect him, it'll be the DPJ (social services equivalent). She tells me she already called them for help but they told her she already had all the resources available.
She picked the kid off the ground and went to her apartment. At that point I had nothing more to say and was shaking profusely (I'm not used to those kind of confrontation) so I went home. I called the DPJ for counsel and they told me they could open a file to see if the child was ok, but I didn't want to involve myself more. They also suggest that I write down any encounter I have with the family. That I did and I plan to continue.
Few minutes after I went out to the store and saw her outside when I got back, smoking. I took my time so I didn't cross her. When she was gone and I went to enter the block, it reeked of marijuana. Another thing to keep in mind.
I don't really know what I aim to get out of this post. /rant I guess.