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Man arraigned on simple battery charge for allegedly touching toddler inappropriately at Dawsonville Walmart
Walmart scare
Manuel Morales-Tzaj

A Dawsonville man has been arraigned on one misdemeanor simple battery charge after allegedly inappropriately touching a toddler at the local Walmart in November.

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Manuel Morales-Tzaj, 47, the evening of Nov. 13, 2021, following an incident at the Dawsonville Walmart. 

Morales-Tzaj’s warrant and indictment allege that sometime between 7-8 p.m. that night, he touched the female child on her head , arm and back while she was standing up in a grocery cart. 

The incident was immediately reported, and a DCSO deputy responded to the supermarket at about 7:30 p.m., according to the warrant. Morales-Tzaj was arrested around 9 p.m.

The warrant was issued for Morales-Tzaj on Nov. 15 and two days later, he was released from DCSO custody on a $5,700 bond.

The victim’s father previously posted to the “Focus on Dawson” Facebook group thanking the sheriff’s office, Walmart’s security and a witness for their “fast response and investigation.” 

DCN will continue to follow this case.