HPD: Shoplifting mom abandons 1-year-old in Macy's to flee police

HPD: Shoplifting mom abandons 1-year-old in Macy's to flee police

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HPD: Shoplifting mom abandons 1-year-old in Macy's to flee police

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 29 at 7:44 AM

HOUSTON – A mother, who was attempting to shoplift from Almeda Mall on Christmas Eve, ran off and left her baby in a department store while trying to flee from authorities.

Police said 21-year-old LaQuinta Latrice Kemp was with her 1-year-old son in Macy’s when she attempted to steal clothes from the store.

A store employee confronted Kemp about the shoplifting when Kemp hit the employee and ran out of the store, leaving her child in the stroller.

She was captured outside the mall and placed under arrest. Kemp, who is on probation for previous burglary charges, is being held without bond on child abandonment and robbery charges.

Her son was turned over to his grandmother until Children’s Protective Services complete its investigation.

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