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Mom Abandons Child After Shoplifting, Police Say

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VISALIA, Calif. (KMPH) -

A woman is accused of shoplifting then abandoning one of her kids at the mall in Visalia.

Police were called to Macy's in the Visalia Mall just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

Store employees said 28-year-old Lori Martinez walked out with stolen merchandise.

She had one of her children in a stroller.

When they tried to detain her, she ran away and left her child behind, police said.

Martinez was later found hiding in a car in the Visalia Mall parking lot.

She was arrested and found to be in possession of methamphetamine, police said.

She now faces a number of charges, including shoplifting and child endangerment.

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