A California woman who is believed to be the mother seen abandoning her 2-year-old daughter at a Riverside grocery store is now in custody, police said Tuesday.
Chiengkham Vilaysane was taken into police custody several hours after her photo and name were released to the public. It is still not clear whether the thirty-one year old was arrested.
Police released a surveillance video Monday showing a woman walking into a grocery store over the weekend with a child by her side. The toddler wandered off but the woman never sought the child’s whereabouts and continued shopping. Eventually, a Good Samaritan brought the child back to the mother to which she responded, “oh just leave her.” The mother left the store after paying for the groceries.
Police arrived at the Food-4-Less Sunday night where they found the toddler unharmed and in good condition.
According to police, the child was able to identify the woman as her “mommy” when she was shown a surveillance footage photo.
“In my whole career I have never seen anything where out-of the blue someone leaves their kid in a crowded grocery store like this,” Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback told Fox 11 Los Angeles.
The toddler is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services.