EASTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A 27-year-old Maine mother is charged with abandoning her baby in a Target parking lot in Easton.
Investigators say around 1 p.m on Saturday, Easton police were called to the Target on Robert Drive, after receiving a call about a baby who was discovered in the store parking lot in a carriage by himself.
The caller stayed with the child until officers arrived.
The 17-month-old did not appear to be injured and was taken by members of the Easton Fire Department to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for an evaluation.
While investigating the incident, Easton police received a call saying that the child had been left behind in the parking lot accidentally. The caller was with the child’s mother in Plymouth and said they were going to head back to Easton.
While speaking with detectives, the mother said after leaving Target she went back to her vehicle, along with three friends, and believed that one of her friends had put her son in his car seat.
She then traveled to Plymouth in her vehicle, while her friends left in a separate vehicle. Upon arriving in Plymouth, she realized that her son was not in the car seat.
The Easton Police Department notified the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to investigate the incident. The child was returned to the custody of his mother later that evening.
The mother, who is not being identified at this time, was charged with abandonment/endangerment of a child. She is scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court at a later date.