Pensacola restaurant owner fired after video shows him hitting a child

PHOENIX – An Orange County restaurant owner has been fired after a video surfaced online of him punching a child.

In the video posted by the restaurant’s Facebook page on Friday, restaurant owner Steve Rizzo is seen slapping a young child in the face and hitting him with a closed fist as other patrons watch.

In response to the video, Rizzos attorney said that he believes the video is fake and that Rizzes behavior is in fact consistent with the behavior of a father who punches his child every time he sees him.

In an interview with ABC 7 News on Saturday, Razzo said that the video was edited out.

He also said that if anyone else wants to watch the video he would appreciate that.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the case.