- Police have arrested a 32-year-old mother following video evidence suggesting that she deliberately abandoned her daughter at a shopping mall
- Police found the daughter unharmed but alone and launched a search for her mother
- The child is now safely in the care of child protection services
Police in California, US have arrested a 32-year-old mother following video evidence suggesting that she deliberately abandoned her daughter at a shopping mall.
The two-year-old child, identified only as Danica, was found alone but unharmed at a shop in the mall. Police were notified of the incident, after which they launched a search for her mother.
However, after reviewing CCTV footage, police came to the conclusion that the mother, identified as Chiengkham Vilaysane, had deliberately abandoned her daughter.
The footage showed Vilaysane entering the mall with her daughter in tow but later leaving alone after completing her shopping. The daughter was also able to identify her mother from the footage.
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Reports also indicated that while shopping at one store, an attendant brought it to her attention that her daughter was wandering too far from her, to which she replied, "Just leave her."
Danica is now safely in the hands of child protection services as police conduct further investigations to determine why the Vilaysane committed the act.
See the footage below.