17-month-old boy found inside shopping cart in supermarket parking lot was 'accidentally' left behind by mother

Officers responded to a call from the Target outlet on 41 Robert Drive in Easton at around 1 pm and were told that a male child had been found unattended in shopping cart


                            17-month-old boy found inside shopping cart in supermarket parking lot was 'accidentally' left behind by mother

A mother is currently facing charges after the authorities say that she forgot her 17-month-old child in a shopping cart outside a Target outlet on September 22 afternoon. 27-year-old Taylor Perdue from Acton, Maine, is to appear in court on a charge of abandonment or endangerment of a child. Police officers responded to a call from the Target outlet on 41 Robert Drive at around 1 pm and they were told that a male child had been found unattended in a shopping cart in the parking lot of the department store.

The shopper who found the child and notified the authorities had stayed with him till the officers arrived at the scene. The child was found to be unharmed when he was evaluated by the firefighters and officers from the Easton Police Department.

The Enterprise reported that the child was taken in an ambulance to the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for further check-ups after he was evaluated in the parking lot. The officers spoke to the witness who told them that the child had last been seen with two adult females and two adult males who had all been shopping inside the department store.



 

The officers also reviewed the video surveillance from the store and confirmed that four adults left the parking lot in a Toyota SUV which had Maine license plates. The authorities then received a call from a man at around 2:07 pm who told them that the child had been "accidentally" left at Target. The man also told the officers that he was with the mother in Plymouth and told them that they would go back to Easton to pick up the child.

When Perdue spoke to the detectives, she said that, after she and her friends left Target, she got into her vehicle with the three other adults there and thought that one of her friends would have put her son in his rear-facing car seat. The authorities said that the mother pulled right out of the parking spot with the shopping cart still behind the vehicle. The reason no one saw the child in the cart because they did not go past it.

The mother said that she drove to Plymouth in the car while her friends had left in another vehicle. When she got to Plymouth, Perdue told the detectives that she realized that he son was not in the car seat. Deputy Police Chief Keith Boone told The Enterprise: "She assumed the boy was sleeping. When she got to Plymouth, she realized the car seat was empty." Perdue still maintains that it was accidental but she will still be charged by the police. Boone said: "Whether it was an accident or not, she still endangered the child."

The mother realized her son was not in the car only once she reached Plymouth (Source: Taylor Perdue/Facebook)
The mother realized her son was not in the car only once she reached Plymouth (Source: Taylor Perdue/Facebook)

Perdue still maintains that it was accidental but she will still be charged by the police. Boone said: "Whether it was an accident or not, she still endangered the child."

The police then launched an investigation and got in touch with the Department of Children and Families. The state department spoke to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Perdue was then granted custody of the boy later that same evening. Perdue is set to be arraigned in Tauton District Court at a later date.