FORT PIERCE, Fla. Oct. 25, 2007 — A Fort Pierce woman was arrested on Tuesday after police said she left her children, including an infant and two children under the age of 5, in a car while she was shoplifting.
Kasey Ozell Cooper was charged with retail theft and child neglect.
Another woman, Angelique McQuire, faces the same charges. McQuire said she was asked to watch the kids but decided to go into the store as well, according to deputies.
A 4-year-old, 3-year-old and 5-month-old were left unattended, deputies said.
Officials at Bealls said they caught the women and a teenager taking shirts, sweat shirts and sweat pants out of the store without paying. After bringing the shoplifters to the loss prevention office they were made away that there were young children left outside in the car and that’s when security notified police of the situation.
Cooper’s aunt went to the store to pick up the children after deputies arrived, according to officials.
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