Mom arrested after leaving infant in Wichita Walmart

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old mother suspected of abandoning her 2-week-old baby inside a Wichita Walmart.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the woman roamed around the store between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday. Police Sergeant Bruce Watts says store security observed her opening items and placing them atop the baby in a child carrier.

The woman then was observed putting down the carrier and walking around the store for another half hour before attempting to leave.

The store notified police, and officers confronted the woman in the parking lot. Watts says the woman initially told police that a friend picked up the infant.

The woman was booked on suspicion of a child abandonment charge, along with an unrelated felony warrant. The infant was taken into police protective custody.

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