Mom Abandons Child After Shoplifting, Police Say

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.