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Dad attacked for taking kids into restroom

CLINTON, Utah (KSL/CNN) -- A Utah father's trip to the restroom with his children turned unexpectedly violent. Christopher Adams said a man in the restroom was upset he brought his 5-year-old daughter with him, and the man attacked him.

For Christopher Adams and young Emery and Kyler, it's already been an eventful week.

"Me and my wife just went on Sunday to Walmart," Christopher Adams said his kids told him they had to go to the restroom.

"This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal. Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the F-bomb, and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men's bathroom," Adams said.

Adams says the man told him it was inappropriate and then started to push him.

"When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched," Adams said.

It became an all-out struggle with Adams getting punched in the face and kicked in the knee multiple times. But Adams, who is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, defended himself.

"I just slammed him on the ground and just held him until associates from Walmart could get there," Adams said.

Police say Adams did what many parents would do.

"The individual who was determined to be the aggressor in the incident was cited on scene," Clinton Police Lt. Shawn Stoker said. "This is a situation where a father felt the most reasonable and safe thing for him to do is to take his children inside the restroom with him, and the customer took exception to that."

Clinton police said the man who threw the punch was cited at the scene for disorderly conduct, and the city attorney is considering a potential assault charge.

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