Police: Woman left baby in hot car while she shoplifted - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Police: Woman left baby in hot car while she shoplifted

Sabrina Marie Phommarath (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Sabrina Marie Phommarath (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro woman faces a felony child endangerment charge after police say she left her one-month-old baby in a hot car while she shoplifted.

Just after 3 p.m. Monday, Officer Blake Anderson responded to Dillard’s, 3000 E. Highland, regarding a suspected shoplifter.

When he arrived, Anderson said a mall security officer was out with the suspect’s vehicle with a baby inside. Corporal David McDaniel, public information officer for the Jonesboro Police Department, confirmed to Region 8 News that the baby was one month old.

Another officer came out with the vehicle key and opened the door.

“The inside of the vehicle was hot,” Anderson noted in his initial incident report. “Victim was warm to the touch and appeared to be sweating.”

The officer placed the infant in his car to cool off then called the Department Children and Family Services.

Two DCFS caseworkers came to the scene and took custody of the baby. 

After reviewing security video, Anderson determined the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Sabrina Phommarath, was inside the store for more than 40 minutes while the infant was in the vehicle alone.

Store employees told the officer they saw Phommarath enter the changing room with three pairs of pants and a shirt, but left with two pairs of pants and nothing left in the room.

The security officer stopped Phommarath and recovered the stolen merchandise, the report said.

Anderson arrested Phommarath and took her to the Craighead County Detention Center where she was booked on suspicion of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and shoplifting less than $1,000.

On Tuesday, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause existed at the time of her arrest to charge her. Noting her lack of a criminal history, the judge released Phommarath on her own recognizance. She's due in circuit court on Nov.22.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Family wants answers after son's ashes were stolen

    Family wants answers after son's ashes were stolen

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:49 AM EST2018-02-22 05:49:28 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:09 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Peevey family experienced the second loss of their beloved family member and late Jonesboro police officer as someone destroyed his niche and stole his ashes out of the Grace Memorial Garden. Now they are demanding the ashes be returned.

    The Peevey family experienced the second loss of their beloved family member and late Jonesboro police officer as someone destroyed his niche and stole his ashes out of the Grace Memorial Garden. Now they are demanding the ashes be returned.

  • City holds second discussion on bike/pedestrian trail

    City holds second discussion on bike/pedestrian trail

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:52 PM EST2018-02-23 03:52:01 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:26 PM EST2018-02-23 04:26:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    The city of Jonesboro held its second public meeting about the proposed bike and pedestrian trail Thursday night.

    The city of Jonesboro held its second public meeting about the proposed bike and pedestrian trail Thursday night.

  • Two Jonesboro schools win first place in video contest

    Two Jonesboro schools win first place in video contest

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:10 PM EST2018-02-23 04:10:13 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:23 PM EST2018-02-23 04:23:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education visited Jonesboro Kindergarten Center and Jonesboro High School to watch the winning videos and give the students their first place plaques.

    Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education visited Jonesboro Kindergarten Center and Jonesboro High School to watch the winning videos and give the students their first place plaques.

Powered by Frankly