NM woman accused of child abuse while shoplifting

Posted at: 04/19/2013 3:15 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces woman suspected of shoplifting also is facing a child abuse charge for allegedly leaving her young daughter behind in a shopping cart.
Las Cruces police say 26-year-old Jeanise P. Morales Martinez was released from the Dona Ana County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bail.
Police responded to a shoplifting report Wednesday at the Lowe's Fiesta Foods.
They say Martinez and a man allegedly walked out of the store without paying for $160 worth of groceries.
When store employees confronted the couple, they say Martinez and the man ran to a car and left the 4-year-old child behind.
Police say Martinez was arrested on a warrant from the adult probation office and issued criminal citations.
They say her daughter has been turned over to state child welfare officials.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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