Riverside police seek mom who abandoned child in store

Mar 15, 2017, 00:59
Riverside police seek mom who abandoned child in store

The Riverside Police Department on Monday released video showing a woman apparently leaving a 2-year-old girl in a Food 4 Less, located at 4250 Van Buren Blvd., on Sunday evening.

Southern California authorities are looking for a woman they say abandoned her toddler in a grocery store.

Surveillance video shows the woman entering the store with her daughter. Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the woman pictured.

The grocery store issued a written statement that reads in part: "Food 4 Less will continue to work closely with the police and the community to provide assistance regarding the safety of this child". While inside the store the child wandered off.

The mother reportedly turned back and said "Oh, just leave her", and kept on walking.

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Her mother could face felony child abandonment charges once she is located by police. Many parents shopping at the market on Tuesday were shocked to hear that a mother would abandon her child. The mother eventually abandons the little girl after paying for groceries, police said.

According to police, the child's mother "never sought out the child's whereabouts and continued shopping".

The child identified the woman as "mommy" when shown a picture.

The mother is described as 20 to 30 years old with dark hair, and she was last seen wearing a black or dark tank-top and denim shorts. Police said she has a distinctive tattoo on her right arm.