In California, Chiengkham ‘Cindy’ Vilaysane, 31, was arrested after police launched a manhunt for a woman who abandoned her 2-year-old in a grocery store.
She was taken into custody under suspicion of child endangerment, child abuse, and being under the influence of possible narcotics.
Apparently the little girl had wandered loose from her mother and began to wander the store. When another customer brought the little girl to her mother, Vilaysane responded “just leave her,” according to police reports.
She was seen on the store’s surveillance cameras as she finished her shopping, paid for the food at the cashier, and left without her daughter.
The Daily Mail reports:
A mother who intentionally left her two-year-old daughter in a grocery store on Sunday has been arrested after a manhunt.
After issuing an appeal to the public, police arrested Chiengkham ‘Cindy’ Vilaysane, 31, who was taken into custody on suspicion of child endangerment, child neglect and being under the influence of controlled substances.
The child wandered away from Vilaysane while they were in the Riverside store together on Sunday.
When another shopper brought her daughter back to the her, Vilaysane said to ‘just leave her’, according to police.
Vilaysane then continued her shopping, checked out at the cashier’s desk, and exited the store without her daughter.
The girl was found around 5pm at the Food-4-Less on Van Buren Boulevard, unharmed but alone.
When police showed the toddler the surveillance video, she identified Vilaysane, in a black tank top and shorts, as ‘mommy’.
On Monday, police released surveillance footage of Vilaysane in the grocery store with her daughter in an appeal to the public since her identity was still unknown.
When Vilaysane walked into a bank around 5pm on Tuesday, a teller recognized her from news reports and called the police.
She was arrested and booked on suspicion of child endangerment, child neglect and being under the influence of controlled substances.