A woman in Plattsburgh has been accused of abandoning her child in a store as well as stealing almost $1,200 in merchandise from a Walmart, according to local sources. The New York State Police say the woman was arrested twice in the same day for the two alleged infractions. It is not yet known whether she has retained criminal defense counsel, and no court date has been announced at this time.
The details of the incidents are limited. However, it has been confirmed that the 32-year-old woman from Esopus was arrested around 7 p.m. at a Walmart in Plattsburgh after allegedly being caught with approximately $1,149 in merchandise. She was charged with grand larceny and apparently released on her own recognizance.
Later that night, around 10 p.m., police received reports of a child having been abandoned at a Sweet Frog location. When they arrived they identified the child as belonging to the 32-year-old woman. She was arrested a second time and was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. It is unknown whether she was taken into custody, or whether the child was remanded to a family member or the state.
These are serious charges for anyone to face, and could have severe repercussions if this woman is found guilty. She could face jail time and fines, and more critically, her child could be removed from her custody. This is why it is vital for the woman to be represented in a New York court by an experienced criminal defense attorney, who can work to build a meaningful case in her defense.