A Maine woman who left her 17-month-old son in a shopping cart carriage Saturday outside a Target store in Easton is being charged with abandoning and endangering a child, police said.

The identity of the 27-year-old mother from Acton was withheld for the victim’s protection, Easton police said in a statement.

At about 1 p.m., police received a call from a Target customer about an abandoned baby in a parking lot inside a shopping cart carriage, police said.

The customer stayed with the baby, who did not appear to be injured, until police arrived.

Easton firefighters evaluated the baby before taking him by ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for further evaluation, police said.


An hour later at 2 p.m., police received a call from a man, who was with the mother of the child in Plymouth, reporting that the baby was accidentally left behind in the parking lot, police said.

The man told police he and the mother were going to head back to Easton to pick up the baby.

When the child’s mother arrived at the Target on 41 Robert Drive, she told detectives she returned to her car with three friends after leaving the store. The mom said she believed one of her friends secured her son in his rear-facing car seat before she left to go Plymouth, police said.

Her friends allegedly left in a separate vehicle.

When she arrived in Plymouth, the mother said she noticed her son was not in his car seat, police said.

Police notified the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which launched its own investigation, police said.

In coordination with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the DCF granted custody of the child to the mother later that evening.

The mother was charged with abandonment/endangerment of a child, and is scheduled to appear in Taunton District Court at a later date, police said.


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