Tuesday, August 3, 2010
But when JCPenney employees saw the women left a 10-month-old behind, it was over.
Crystal Whitaker, 23, of Lake Park was charged with child abuse without great harm, child neglect without causing great harm, contributing the to delinquency of a dependent and theft, police records show.
Whitaker, and the unidentified woman with her, went into a dressing room with clothes to try on and came out with $256 worth of merchandise hidden in a JCPenney bag.
The police report says an employee tried stopping the women but they ran outside too quickly.
No problem, as the employee the saw the 10-month-old standing on the sidewalk, all of the stolen merchandise on the ground and Whitaker's purse-providing the store with her identification...
The Florida Department of Children and Families came to the store to pick up the abandoned 10-month-old, the report said.
Whitaker was released on her own recognizance while being supervised, records show.