According to this news story people saw a man beating a toddler up on some country road in Turlock. Apparently people "tried to intervene" but the man brushed off their efforts and "went back to it." I'm not sure I understand what "try to intervene" means, and I understand the whole concept of diffused responsibility, but the fact that anybody could watch a man do this to a child is beyond my ability to understand. Even the elderly couple could have made themselves enough of a nuisance to force the guy to stop. Tragic.