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Sisters Leave Baby at Walmart after Shoplifting, Charged with Felony Child Neglect

Allison Niemeyer, 19, along with her sister, Laura Niemeyer, 22, escaped a Walmart in Ocala, Florida with $57.12 worth of clothing. However, Allison left her son at the crime scene during the escapade.

The sisters crammed several items of clothing inside of Allison’s diaper bag, including one bathing suit, four women’s shirts, and some men’s undershirts.

While exiting the store, a security guard asked them to step back inside, which is when Allison took off running, leaving her son with her sister. Laura soon broke free and left her nephew with Walmart staff. She escaped in a blue Ford Aerostar van.

The 1-year-old boy was put in the custody of the Department of Children and Families and police began searching for his mother and aunt. 24 hours later, the sisters were found outside a local dance club, and were charged with felony child neglect and retail theft.

A person commits shoplifting if, while in an establishment in which merchandise is displayed for sale, the person knowingly obtains such goods of another with the intent to deprive that person of such goods by:

  1. Removing any of the goods from the immediate display or from any other place within the establishment without paying the purchase price; or

  2. Charging the purchase price of the goods to a fictitious person or any person without that person’s authority; or

  3. Paying less than the purchase price of the goods by some trick or artifice such as altering, removing, substituting or otherwise disfiguring any label, price tag or marking; or

  4. Transferring the goods from one container to another; or

  5. Concealment.

Shoplifting is a serious crime, and offenders will face very harsh punishments in Arizona, especially if they are charged with another crime related to their theft.

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