Wichita woman charged with abandoning grandson at store

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman has made her first court appearance to face charges after allegedly abandoning her 5-year-old grandson three months ago while fleeing Kohl’s after a shoplifting incident.

The Wichita Eagle reports the 41-year-old grandmother appeared by video link Tuesday from the Sedgwick County jail to face charges of abandonment of a child and theft.

She had been on the lam until her arrest Friday. She is accused of trying to steal $200 worth of clothing from the store before fleeing, leaving the clothes and her grandson behind.

Attorneys say the boy remains in foster care because no one from his family is willing or fit to take him.

The boy’s mother in Texas hasn’t seen her son for four years. She tested positive for meth after his birth.


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