A baby boy strapped inside a urine-soaked car seat now is in the care of Child Protective Services after his 21-year-old mother was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and child abuse charges in the attempted theft of 40 movies from a Mesa grocery store on Monday.
Police say Kaylee Turner, who was arrested about 6 p.m. inside the Safeway at 1960 W. Main St., was caught trying to pack the movies into a duffel bag. As she was being detained by store security, the officer noticed her 6-month-old son, who was wearing only a diaper was soaked in urine to the point it was leaking through the car seat, according to a police report.
The boy had a rash from the middle of his back to his knees and was taken to Banner’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center, where the doctor said the baby had signs of neglect. Police said the child was taken by CPS.
The doctor also told police that they had treated the child two days earlier and had given Turner medicine for him free of charge for him, the report stated.
Turner told police that she and her mother-in-law had been going to various stores and business to steal DVDs so they could pawn them for cash, according to the police report.