A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after police said witnesses saw her drop her infant daughter
in an East Side Wal-Mart.
Catina D. Smith was arrested on Sept. 24 and is facing child-abuse charges.
A witness at the store, at 7150 E. Speedway, told police on Sept. 5 that Smith dropped the infant and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Officers found Smith a short time later on a bus with her 17-day-old daughter and 4-year-old son
, Pacheco said.
The children were given to their father while Smith was taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.
Child Protective Services tried to check on the welfare of the children after the Wal-Mart incident, but it was unable to find them.
The agency contacted Tucson police to report the infant as an endangered missing child, Pacheco said.
An investigation revealed child-protection officials in Kansas had severed Smith's parental rights to her four children, including the 4-year-old boy, Pacheco said.
The boy's father was given custody of the child, but they disappeared. Kansas officials had been looking for Smith's son for more than a year and were unaware that she had given birth to another child since then, he said.
The infant was checked at a hospital and found to have a skull fracture
, Pacheco said. Both children are now in the custody of CPS.