- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy has been placed in foster care after he was abandoned at a Wichita department store.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the relative who was raising the boy was caught attempting to shoplift this past week from a Kohl’s store and fled without the boy. Police say the woman remains on the run, and no other relatives showed up to claim the boy during a temporary custody hearing Friday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says efforts will be made to talk to people related to the boy before the court makes a long-term placement decision.

Wichita police Detective Andrew Do says the boy’s caregiver hasn’t been charged. But he says police plan to pursue a case against her for felony theft and possibly child endangerment or abandonment.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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