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Woman Arrested On Child Neglect, Shoplifting Charges

Reported: Mar. 19, 2014 9:09 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 11:09 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy) -- A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly left her small child in the car while police said she was inside a Kanawha County store shoplifting.

South Charleston police got a call that a child had been left unattended in a car in the parking lot of the Southridge Walmart Wednesday afternoon. When they got on scene, they said they found a car with a six-month-old child in a car seat, covered with a blanket.

Police said Brittany Stumbo, 24, walked up to the car and told the officer it was here vehicle and her child. Stumbo told police she only left the child in the car for a few minutes and left the engine running to keep the child safe.

Police said Stumbo allowed officers to search her vehicle. Police said they found several items that had been stolen from Walmart, including food, personal hygiene items and stomach medication.

After reviewing security footage, police said the baby had been in the car unattended for almost 30 minutes.

Stumbo is charged with child neglect and shoplifting.



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