Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Woman Caught Shoplifting Abandons Baby To Escape With $86 Worth of Items

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A woman suspected of robbing a Walmart is also accused of abandoning her 1-year-old niece while she escaped.

Djuna M. Tansmore, 48, was arrested Thursday in Rostraver Township after store surveillance video caught her allegedly attempting to exit the store with $86.58 worth of laundry detergent and Miracle Whip in a grocery cart.

When the store's loss prevention officer approached Tansmore, she tried to undo the safety strap that held her niece to the cart.

Rostraver Township Police Chief Greg Resetar told WTAE TV that's when the struggle over the baby in the car seat began. When she couldn't remove her, the suspect allegedly fled the scene, leaving the toddler behind.

"The straps weren't released and it sort of tipped the cart, and she sort of was trying to shake it, moving around, trying to dislodge the baby from the mechanism," Resetar said.

Video obtained by the station appears to show the baby in the seat being yanked back and forth with the cart nearly tipping, then being dragged behind the baby seat.

Tansmore was arrested a short time later near her home in Monessen, Pennsylvania. She was charged with retail theft, recklessly endangering another person, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of children.

She was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township after failing to post $10,000 bond. She will have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 9.

The child eventually was released at the store to the custody of its mother, according to police.

Via HuffPo

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