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Shoplifters Ditched Stolen Items, Baby at Wegmans, Police Say

Two women face multiple charges stemming from the Sunday night incident.

Kristi Kline, 24, and Christine Frater, 30, were arrested after allegedly shoplifting at Wegmans Sunday night.
Kristi Kline, 24, and Christine Frater, 30, were arrested after allegedly shoplifting at Wegmans Sunday night.

Two shoplifters abandoned a cart with stolen items—and an infant boy—after being confronted by store employees at Wegmans Sunday, Cherry Hill Police said.

Kristi Kline, 24, of Wilmington, DE, and Christine Frater, 30, of Carlisle, PA, were concealing merchandise in a cart that also held Kline's 8-month-old son, police said, but ditched the cart and the baby at the store entrance when stopped around 7 p.m.

Both women were caught in the parking lot by Cherry Hill officers just moments later, police said, and both had drugs on them at the time.

Kline, Frater and the infant were all taken to police headquarters; the boy was turned over to a family member while both women were processed, police said.

Frater was charged with shoplifting, possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of stolen property, and was released on a summons pending an Oct. 16 court date.

Kline was charged with shoplifting, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic syringe and receiving stolen property, and was taken to the Camden County Jail in lieu of bail.

Patrick Littel October 08, 2013 at 07:57 AM
I am still shocked, that after leaving her infant in a shopping cart to hide her theft, the police gave this child back to her, rather than to child protective services. With illegal, and highly toxic drug concerns, this child is in a very dangerous environment.
Barbara Evans October 09, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I had the same thought, Patrick. I expected to read in the article that the infant boy was turned over to child protective services and was stunned to read instead that he was turned over to a family member, which probably means he's back with the drug-addicted, shoplifting mother who abandoned him in an attempt to save herself. Let's hope that, at least, the baby and his family will be checked on from now on by protective services.

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