Shoplifting suspect leaves baby behind

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SAVANNAH, GA - Police in Savannah, Georgia say a woman suspected of shoplifting at a grocery store took off and left a baby behind when she was spotted by a store worker.

The suspect is identified as 31-year-old Lesha Reed.

She has many previous run-ins with the law, including a series of shoplifting charges as recent as last month.

She faced a charge of cruelty to children in 2009, as well as failing to pay child support.

Police say Reed abandoned a baby and fled a Kroger grocery store Monday when a loss prevention officer recognized her and suspected her of shoplifting.

Police say she was watching the child for a friend or acquaintance.

(Amanda Roy/MOS):  "You have to be absolutely certain of the person you're letting watch your child. It's insane to think that anybody would do that. I can't wrap my head around that. I don't know how I would handle that, I would be so frustrated, beyond frustrated. That's putting it lightly."

The baby is said to be fine.

A Department Of Family and Children Services agent took care of him and returned him to his mother.

Meanwhile, police say Reed has been charged with larceny and abandoning an infant, and arrest warrants are pending.

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