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.

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