Mother, 26, arrested after leaving infant in Wichita Wal-Mart

06/22/2013 9:17 PM

06/22/2013 9:17 PM

A 26-year-old Wichita mother was arrested early Saturday morning after she allegedly abandoned her 2-week-old baby inside the Wal-Mart at 21st and Maize Road.

Police Sgt. Bruce Watts said the woman had been roaming around the store between 1 and 3 a.m. Saturday, with store security observing her opening items and placing them atop the baby in a child carrier.

Then, the woman sat the child down in the carrier and left him, walking around the store for another half-hour before attempting to leave. Police, which had been notified by the store, confronted her in the parking lot, Watts said, asking the woman if she knew where her child was.

The woman first told police the infant had been picked up by a friend, Watts said, but when officers told her the child was still in the store, the woman changed her story.

“She said she had an addiction problem and you could be right,” Watts said.

The woman, whose name was not released by police, was booked on suspicion of a child abandonment charge, along with an unrelated felony warrant. The infant was taken into police protective custody.

Online jail booking records showed Saturday afternoon that the mother remained held in the Sedgwick County Jail on a $2,500 bond on suspicion of possession of stolen property with prior convictions.

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