Investigators said Crystal Whitaker, 23, of Lake Park and a second woman took $256 worth of merchandise from the junior department at the JCPenney in West Palm Beach and pursuing employees discovered the bag of items abandoned outside along with Whitaker's purse and a 10-month-old child, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The Florida Department of Children and Families came to the store to pick up the 10-month-old, whose relation to Whitaker was unclear, police said.
Whitaker was arrested and charged with child abuse without great harm, child neglect without causing great harm, contributing to the delinquency of a dependent and theft. She was released on her own recognizance.
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