Woman accused of leaving sleeping child at Walmart
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Monday, January 14, 2013
1/14/13 at 4:45 PM
BROKEN ARROW -- A woman was arrested at a Walmart after she allegedly left a sleeping child in a shopping basket in an attempt to flee from store security.
Jacqueline Marie Washington, 51, of Tulsa was arrested on complaints of caretaker neglect and petty larceny after the former conviction of a felony.
A loss prevention employee at Walmart, 2301 W. Kenosha (71st) St., called Broken Arrow police around 6:30 p.m. Friday to report he’d seen a woman conceal socks and other items under a black coat inside a shopping basket that also contained a sleeping child, according to Washington’s arrest report. The shopper then reportedly left the store before she was stopped by the employee.
The employee told police the woman grabbed her purse and continued walking across the parking lot while leaving the sleeping child in the cart near the store’s exit, the arresting officer wrote.
Officers found Washington, who matched the description of the alleged shoplifter, standing on a nearby street corner and asked to search her purse and coat, where they reportedly found several packages of socks, the report states.
Washington was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Sunday. Her bond is set at $27,500.
Police contacted the child’s mother, who said her aunt – Washington – was watching the child while she was at work. The child was released to another family member.
Washington pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of obtaining merchandise by false pretense after she was charged with knowingly concealing stolen property in 2002. She received a one-year jail sentence, which was suspended, and was ordered to complete 120 hours of community service.