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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Update: Shoplifting Suspect Who Left Baby in TJ Maxx Turns Herself in

We reported yesterday on a horrible story of a mom that abandoned her baby because she was suspected of shoplifting.

Today Newsday writes that the Bronx mother has turned herself into police.

Lieutenant Chris McNerney says 39-year-old Suzette Gruber arrived at the police station Tuesday morning with her attorney. McNerney said she was to be charged with child abandonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Gruber and another woman were suspected of shoplifting at the discount clothing store on Monday. When a security guard approached she ran leaving the baby in the carriage. However police said she also left behind indentifying information.

Police said a man claiming to be the baby's father went to police headquarters Monday night with a birth certificate, but officers wouldn't release the child to him.

The baby has been placed with Westchester Child Protective Services.

What I didn't know yesterday was that the baby is only 8 months old!! Hearing that really broke my heart.

Could you imagine leaving your 8 month old baby in the middle of a store because you needed to flee the scene?


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