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Man charged with simple battery after inappropriately touching toddler at Dawsonville Walmart
Walmart scare
Manuel Morales-Tzaj

A Dawsonville man has been charged with one misdemeanor count of simple battery after allegedly inappropriately touching a toddler at the local Walmart last Saturday. 

Manuel Morales-Tzaj, 47, was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 13, according to an arrest report released Nov. 19.

A warrant for Morales-Tzaj’s arrest alleged that sometime between 7-8 p.m., he touched the female child while she was standing up in a grocery cart. 

The incident was immediately reported, and a DCSO deputy responded to the supermarket, located at 98 Power Center Drive, at about 7:30 p.m. 

Morales-Tzaj was arrested right at 9 p.m. that night and subsequently booked into the Dawson County Detention Center, according to the weekly arrests press release. 

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

The warrant was issued for Morales-Tzaj not quite 48 hours later on Nov. 15. Two days later, on Nov. 17, he was released from DCSO custody on a bond of $5,700.