The two sisters who had been concealing items at an Ocala, Florida Walmart, ran off when confronted by a loss prevention officer. They left behind a one-year-old child and later seemed unconcerned about abandoning the boy.
Two sisters, Allison and Laura Niemeyer, were in an Ocala Walmart Friday afternoon, together with Allison's one-year-old son. According to Central Florida News, a loss prevention officer noticed the women concealing items in the baby's diaper bag. After the women left the store, he asked them to return to Walmart with him.
Allison, 19, immediately took off, leaving her son with her sister. As they were walking back into the store, Laura broke free of the employee and ran. Like her sister, she too left the baby behind.
According to police, some men's white undershirts, four women's shirts, and a bathing suit were found concealed in the diaper bag. The value of the merchandise was valued at $57.12.
If either the mother or the aunt was upset about abandoning the one-year-old or wondering where he was, neither seemed to show it. The Gainesville Sun reports that a call was made to Crime Stoppers Saturday night. The caller said both women were at a dance club in the Ocala Entertainment Complex. The tip also advised that the sisters had arrived there in a silver Dodge Durango.
Police went to the club, found the vehicle, and then asked management of the dance club to page the owner of the car. Both sisters appeared outside and were arrested without incident.
Both women were charged with felony child abandonment and retail theft. Allison faces an additional charge of breach of probation while Laura was charged with resisting arrest at Walmart.
The women were both known to police. The New York Daily News reports Allison is under house arrest for a 2010 home invasion robbery with a firearm in which a 61-year-old man was pistol-whipped. Allison was pregnant at the time she committed the offence. And Laura has been previously convicted of retail theft, grand theft, and uttering a forged document.
The boy is now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.