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Store Employee Accuses Mom of Child Abuse for Letting 5-Year-Old Daughter Try on Boys Suit for Easter

A Texas woman was accused of “child abuse” by a store clerk for letting her 5-year-old daughter try on a boy’s suit for Easter.

Jennifer Giordano says she and her “tomboy” daughter Maddie were at Martha’s Miniatures to buy an outfit for Easter.

Giordano tells KTEN that a clerk at the store accosted her when her daughter turned down the store’s dresses to try on a boy’s suit.

“The woman’s face was just a face of disgust,” Giordano told the station. “She told me I was promoting wrong behavior, that parents should not let their children choose the way that they dress if it’s cross-gendered.”

The mom says her daughter has preferred to wear boy’s clothes since she was three and no one in the family has a problem with it.

“Maddie, she just gets a suit every year – she looks forward to it,” Giordano told KTEN. “That’s how she – she’s kind of different. She just wants to wear a suit and tie and Easter’s the perfect time for it because there’s always cute stuff out.”

Giordano says Maddie started crying as they left the store but the defiant store clerk defended her actions on the store’s Facebook page.

“I was so shocked she asked for a boys suit for the child,” the woman wrote. “I asked her why she was encouraging this. This is child abuse from the mother.”

The store has since removed its Facebook page.

“People don’t need to pick on little kids for what they’re wearing,” Giordano says.

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