Police have arrested a Mobile, Alabama, woman after she allegedly left her 5-year-old son behind in a store when she was accused of shoplifting.
WKRG has reported that Debrina Ayranita Scott, 24, was taken into police custody Wednesday and charged with theft of property and endangering the welfare of a child. After being accused of shoplifting, Scott allegedly ran out the shoe store, got into her car, and drove away, authorities say.
Security guards, accompanied by the displaced 5-year-old, are alleged to have chased the Alabama woman through the busy parking lot. Mobile Police Department spokesman Donald Wallace said the young boy was nearly struck by a car during the ordeal, which occurred on Saturday, according to AL.com.
The Department of Human Resources (DHR) arrived at the local shoe store and took custody of the small child. The suspect’s mother, Angela Scott, 43, came to the scene to take her grandson. However, a DHR official conducted a preliminary investigation and determined that the grandmother was not fit to take care of the 5-year-old.
Wallace also revealed that the child’s grandmother was arrested for refusing to leave the scene. AL.com reported that Angela was ultimately hit with failure to obey charges. Reports have not indicated whether authorities turned over custody of the boy to another family member.
It is also unknown whether Debrina Ayranita Scott and her mother Angela have been released from jail.
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