Mother of the year: Woman caught shoplifting flees, leaves infant behind

Mother of the year: Woman caught shoplifting flees, leaves infant behind
Excess baggage
Excess baggage

Women and children first! Wait, make that woman first! The kid will have to find his own escape route.

According to DNAinfo New York, a Manhattan mother (and I do mean “mother”) is under arrest for attempting to boost $250 worth of candy from a downtown health and beauty aids outlet on Oct. 7. But shoplifting is the most pardonable of 23-year-old Michelle Calderon sins. The least pardonable is her having bolted from the store, leaving her 1-year-old behind in his stroller after employees caught her red-handed.

Calderon stashed the pilfered goodies in the bottom of the baby’s pram, which she pressed into use as a battering ram and roadblock while she made her escape.

The young mother, who had been arrested in June for smuggling an cocaine into Rikers Island and was out on $50 cash bail, had help. Raymond Lebron, 20, was assigned to stealing cough drops and gum. Darnell Johnson, 26, served as a lookout inside the store.

In addition to the candy, the trio’s ill-gotten gains included $179 worth of Halls throat drops, $59 worth of Wrigley’s gum, $43 worth of Dentyne gum, and $15 worth of Tic Tacs.

A criminal complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office charges all three defendants with attempted robbery. Lebron has also been charged with assault after striking a worker in the face, cutting the man’s chin and throat. Calderon is being charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and abandonment.

She is back at Rikers, but this time as a guest of the facility. She is being held against $15,000 bail.

The child was taken by the Administration for Children’s Services. An ACS investigation of the incident is ongoing.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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