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      Mom Abandons Child After Shoplifting, Police Say

      A woman is accused of shoplifting then abandoning one of her kids at the mall in Visalia.

      Police were called to Macy's in the Visalia Mall just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

      Store employees said 28-year-old Lori Martinez walked out with stolen merchandise.

      She had one of her children in a stroller.

      When they tried to detain her, she ran away and left her child behind, police said.

      Martinez was later found hiding in a car in the Visalia Mall parking lot.

      She was arrested and found to be in possession of methamphetamine, police said.

      She now faces a number of charges, including shoplifting and child endangerment.

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