- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Two women are in custody after authorities say they left their 11-year-old daughters at a grocery store while trying to skip out on their bill.

Osceola County deputies say Jessica Barker and Kristen Grodetz were shopping last week at a central Florida Publix and attempted to leave the store without paying for $476 worth of groceries. When a store employee approached them, authorities say the women took off with a toddler, leaving the two girls at the store.

When deputies called one of the women, she said she would return to pick up the girls, but did not. The girls were placed in the custody of state child welfare officials.

Barker turned herself in Monday. It’s unclear when Grodetz was located. Both women were charged with grand theft and child neglect.


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