A New York woman dubbed “Cornerstore Caroline” has sparked outrage after a video showing her calling the police on a 9-year-old boy she falsely accused of sexually assaulting her in a Brooklyn store went viral. The has been identified as 53-year-old Teresa Sue Klein.
Surveillance video from the store shows that the boy did not grab or sexually assault Klein. He accidentally bumped into her as he was walking out of the store with his mother and sibling. Klein later watched the video herself and admitted she was wrong and the boy accidentally brushed against her, according to WNBC-TV.
It was posted on Facebook on October 10 by Jason Littlejohn hours after the incident. Klein could not be reached for comment by Heavy. The woman and child Klein called the police on have not been identified and has not spoken out about the incident. A GoFundMe has been started by activist Michael Skolnik to help with his education. You can make a donation here.
“As I walked up I noticed the argument, apparently the kid brushed up against her and she said he touched her and decided to call police on a nine year old child. As you can see the kid is crying and the mom is upset,” Littlejohn wrote on Facebook. The video has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Wednesday night. The incident happened at Sahara Deli Market on Albemarle Road in Flatbush, according to WPIX-TV.
“The little kid thought he was going to go to jail for something he didn’t do,” Littlejohn told The New York Times. “I thought it was someone calling police for unnecessary reasons, especially on a child. You think something like this only happens in the South, but it’s all over the world. He’s going to be traumatized for the rest of his life. This is something that will stick with him.”