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Shoplifting suspect leaves infant behind in Kroger on Gwinnett St.

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Iesha Reed, (Source: SCMPD) Iesha Reed, (Source: SCMPD)

The SCMPD responded to a report of shoplifting at the Kroger on East Gwinnett Street around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7.

When they arrived, police discovered the suspect was 31-year-old Iesha Reed, who had been previously banned from the business. Reed fled the scene after a loss prevention officer at the business recognized Reed and suspected her of shoplifting, which is when she abandoned an infant. 

A police representative said Reed was looking after the child for a friend or acquaintance. The infant is reportedly doing fine after an agent from the Department of Family and Children Services responded to care for the infant, and returned him to his mother.

Metro says arrest warrants for Reed are pending, and she has been charged with larceny and abandoning an infant.

"In this world, you don't have no friends. I'll put it like that. That's how my options are. I take my children everywhere I go. I don't let my family watch them, mama, daddy, nobody. I watch my kids, and I just can't trust nobody. Because, you know, people is bogus these days,” Jasmine Curry said reacting to the news of the abandoned baby.

According to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Reed has had a number of run-ins with the law, picking up numerous shoplifting charges, the most recent just last month.

Reed faced a more serious charge of cruelty to children from 2009, in addition to failing to pay child support. Also, she goes by a couple of last names, like Iesha Brown and Iesha Green, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

"You have to be absolutely certain of the person you're letting watch your child. It's insane to think that anybody would do that. I can't wrap my head around it. I don't know how I would handle that, I would be so frustrated...beyond frustrated. That's putting it lightly,” said Amanda Roy, reacting to the news of an abandoned baby.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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