Mother accused of using baby as shield in Walmart incident

July 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

CYPRESS, Texas, July 8 (UPI) -- A woman from Texas has been accused of using her baby to shield herself from Walmart security officials, then abandoning the child, police said.

Investigators said Kristen Reeves, 24, who has been arrested three times for shoplifting, was seen Wednesday on security cameras taking a cellphone at a store in northwest Harris County and then trying to return it for a refund, KHOU-TV, Houston, reported..

Later, when being questioned by loss-prevention officers, Reeves allegedly used her 15-month-old daughter as a shield, putting the little girl between herself and the officers, investigators said.

Reeves then ran out of the store, leaving the baby behind, police said.

Sheriff's deputies said Reeves later returned to the store, was arrested and charged with theft and child endangerment.

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