Documents filed in Hennepin County accuse a Minneapolis woman of using someone else's stroller and child while stealing from a store and storing used needles in a plastic bag near the child's face.
Minneapolis police arrested Kirsten Amor Chavez outside the CVS store located at 2001 Nicollet Avenue South on Friday after a security officer inside called to report that she was shoplifting.
According to the criminal complaint, Chavez was still inside the store when police arrived; however, she then left the store with a large bag full of cosmetics and another pile of cosmetics on the stroller without paying for them.
When officers stopped Chavez, they also pulled down the blanket covering the child inside the stroller and found a plastic bag containing a spoon and used needles, some of which did not have caps, near the child's face.
Charging documents state that in a post-Miranda interview, Chavez told police she and a friend had gone to the CVS to steal in order to sell the items to purchase heroin. She also admitted the child was not hers, saying a friend is the mother.
Chavez remains in custody, and the value of the stolen items was totaled to $1,719.60. Given that the theft topped $1,000, she now faces a single count of felony theft. If convicted, the maximum sentencing guidelines allow for 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.