Lancaster shoplifting suspect accused of abandoning child to evade arrest

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 2, 2013 

— A Lancaster mother is in jail after police say she left her 1-year-old daughter with a woman she barely knew so she herself could evade arrest on Tuesday.

Melissa Sue Meyer, 23, of 3041 Crenson Road, is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to a Lancaster Police Department arrest warrant. She is held at the county detention center on a $15,000 bond.

Meyer was wanted by the Lancaster Police Department on an outstanding shoplifting warrant after police say she and her and her boyfriend of stealing 11 laptop computers from a Lancaster Walmart, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. Her boyfriend is already in jail.

On Tuesday, police found Meyer walking with a woman she met in her neighborhood just four days prior, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. She was pushing her daughter in a stroller when she saw police and ran, leaving the child with the woman.

Police caught and arrested Meyer, who said she knew she was wanted by police after a county deputy contacted her, according to the arrest warrants. She told police that she called the police department and left a message saying she would turn herself in when she had the bail money.

When police asked Meyer about leaving her baby, she claimed the woman was her cousin, the warrant states. Police discovered that that was false information and confirmed with the woman that she and Meyer had only met a few days ago.

The Department of Social Services is investigating.

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