A 38-year-old mother who fled police and abandoned her 10-year-old daughter after enlisting the child to help shoplift groceries was arrested Friday night in Nevada, police said.
Marcy Keelin of Morgan Hill was arrested at a motel near Fernley, Nevada, after a sheriff's deputy spotted her green Ford Explorer, said Morgan Hill police Sgt. Troy Hoefling.
The woman, who was with her 11-month-old son and a man who was not arrested, had threatened to kill herself when police talked to her by phone earlier in the day, Hoefling said.
According to police, Keelin went to the Safeway supermarket at 235 Tennant Station Way on Sept. 19 with her daughter and together they nearly filled a shopping cart with $150 worth of goods, including alcohol. They said she then had her daughter wait near the exit as she went out to fetch her vehicle and pull up nearby, so her daughter could push the cart out of the store.
But when store employees saw the girl leave without paying, they confronted the child and Keelin drove off, police said.
The mother and child had been caught on video at the same Safeway store committing a similar act about two weeks earlier with about $60 worth of groceries, police said. Keelin, who lives in Wyoming but has a California driver's license, was in town for the summer with her daughter to visit relatives, according to Hoefling, who said the girl is now in protective custody.
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