Police: Mom abandons child after being caught shoplifting

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — A warrant has been issued for a woman who left her 10-year-old boy behind after she was caught shoplifting from an area Walmart, police said.

Jennifer Lynn Freedman, 35, entered the store in Manor on Tuesday with a man and her child and began stealing items, police say. Loss prevention employees at the store began watching the group and confronted them.

Freedman and the man then fled the store with some of the merchandise, leaving the child behind, police say.

Manor police officers were able to contact Freedman by phone, but she was reportedly not cooperative. She told officers she would not come back for her son because she did not want to be arrested, according to police.

Child Protective Services were called to take the boy. He was later released to a family friend.

Freedman is wanted on charges of abandoning or endangering a child without intent to return, a third-degree felony. Bond was set at $25,000.

Officers were not able to locate Freedman at her home in Manor, but authorities say she is also known to stay in the Elgin area.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts are asked to call Manor Police Department at 512-272-8177 or crime stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477).

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