Woman Charged in Wal-Mart Baby Throwing

May 26th, 2009 by admin

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Police Child Abuse investigators charged a 26-year old Memphis woman in connection to a child abuse investigation involving a two-month old infant boy. The incident occurred at Wal-Mart located at 3950 Austin Peay on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Also, charged was the mother of the baby infant.

Camilla Fields was charged with one felony count of child abuse and neglect and one count assault. The child’s mother, Stacey Cleaves (also 26) was charged with false reporting and child neglect.

The investigation determined Fields used a car seat with the baby inside the seat to strike the stores loss prevention officer when confronted about shoplifting merchandise from the store. The car seat with the baby still strapped inside landed face down on the floor inside the store. The incident then continued when security chased the suspect outside. The baby seat was thrown by the suspect causing the two-month old baby to be dropped on the pavement. A Good Samaritan, an EMT, picked the unconscious baby up from the ground and performed sternum rubs until the baby boy became conscious. Witnesses told police the suspect got into a vehicle and left. The baby was transported by ambulance to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Old Allen Station officers quickly responded to the scene and began to interview the mother on her knowledge of the suspect. Child Abuse investigators also made the scene there and at the hospital. Cleaves gave incorrect details about Fields including information that Fields was the child’s aunt. It was revealed Cleaves may have known about the commotion in the store and allowed Fields to use the baby as a cover-up to shoplift. Cleaves did not tell Fields true first name to investigators who later confirmed Fields was not related to the mother or the child victim and was a friend of the mother.
Investigators confirmed Department of Children Services is also investigating as it is relates to the baby’s welfare.


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