A teenage girl has been arrested over claims she drop-kicked a three-year-old boy in the face in the bathroom of Catford Nando’s.

Mum-of-two Jade Scott, 25, of Hazelbank Road, was taking her son Ralph Cavalli and seven-year-old daughter Lilly Romain for a meal at the restaurant in Rushy Green at around 3pm on October 27.

But after big sister Lilly took her little brother to the bathroom, Ms Scott heard noises coming from the ladies’ toilet and found Ralph crying with marks on his face.

When she asked what happened, she was shocked when her children claimed Ralph was drop-kicked and punched in the face by a teenage girl.

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The Nando's restaurant where Ralph was assaulted in Rushy Green

Ms Scott said: “I just could not believe it. I was so angry at first, then I began to cry because I just couldn’t understand why someone would do that to my little boy.

“It made me feel degraded to be honest and that I failed him as a mum and let someone violently abuse him. I’m absolutely devastated.”

Ms Scott said the family visit Nando’s regularly and have never had any problems in the past.

She said: “He’s so scared to go to the toilet now, even at home he doesn’t like it. He actually won’t go to the toilet anywhere now.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we were made aware of an incident that took place in the bathroom area of a restaurant at Rushey Green on October 27 at approximately 3.13pm involving a three-year-old boy.

“An allegation of assault was made that occurred against the boy. As a result a 13-year-old girl was arrested for ABH and taken into custody.

“She has been bailed to a date in December pending further enquiries.”