KENNER, La. – Police are looking for a woman who, after getting caught shoplifting, Tased a mall security guard before abandoning a baby in the parking lot.
It all happened Saturday night at Esplande Mall after an employee at Gymboree watched a woman stealing items from the store as she pushed a baby boy in a stroller.
The employee confronted the woman, along with a security guard, and was in the process of calling her manager when the woman shot the guard with a stun gun and took of running while pushing the stroller.
She was pursued into the mall parking lot where she jumped in a vehicle and fled the scene — leaving the baby in the parking lot.
The 2-month-old baby was taken into protective custody until his mother, Stephanie Johnson, came forward and told police that the woman who abandoned her baby at the mall was the child’s babysitter, a woman named Brittany London.
After being alerted that her name was being trashed on Facebook and Twitter, London went to police herself and informed them that she didn’t know Johnson “at all” and that Johnson may have gotten her name off Facebook.
“She says that she’s friends with a friend who’s friends with me or one of her friends is friends with me. I don’t know how she got to my page,” London said. “I’m definitely deleting my Facebook page. I don’t need that no more.”
For her lie, Johnson was arrested and charged with obstruction, injuring public records and inconsistent statements. Police would also announce they did have a new suspect – Johnson’s 24-year-old sister-in-law, Charbaney Smith. She was the woman who was babysitting the boy that weekend and the woman Johnson was protecting.
The security guard who got stunned was able to identify Smith from a photo line-up and police obtained a warrant for her arrest on charges of child endangerment and aggravated battery. According to police, she already had warrants ou ton her for theft and simple battery.
The boy is currently in the custody of his maternal grandmother.