A woman has been caught on camera allegedly urging her seven-year-old stepdaughter to pepper spray employees at a US discount store.
Philadelphia's Delaina Garling, 27, had been banned from the dollar store for alleged shoplifting, NBC10 Philadelphia reported.
But Garling allegedly returned with her two stepchildren, sprayed two employees and then asked the girl to continue the fight after she was wrestled to the ground by a store manager this week.
"She gave the can to her daughter and told her 'you know what to do baby – spray it'," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told ABC Local.
He said the eight-year-old boy had handed the can to his little sister but she didn't use it.
Another store employee was then able to get the pepper spray off the child.
Superintendent Chitwood said he felt sorry for the children involved.
"What kind of shot do they have when they are getting parental guidance like this?" he said.
"In the video, it looks as though the little girl was doing what the mother was telling her to do.
"God forbid if it was a gun.
"What would she say? Shoot her?"
He said police also found marijuana and other drugs on Garling during her arrest.
Garling was reportedly arraigned on simple assault, drug possession and other charges.
The children are now with their father as representatives from Children and Family Services investigate.
Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Nick Pearson