The Easter Bunny dropped the hippity-hop act and waded into a fight, going to the rescue of a toddler.

Minnie Kasper was playing the holiday rabbit Wednesday at the Millcreek Mall when she spotted a woman in her 20s who was striking her 2-year-old child repeatedly with a thick belt."The child was trying to get away from the belt. He didn't deserve the belt," Kasper said Saturday.

Kasper intervened and wound up having to defend herself. She said the woman kicked her and smacked her while about 80 shoppers watched.

Police investigated, but no charges were filed.