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Tampa woman carrying baby accused of shoplifting

TAMPA — A 26-year-old woman was arrested Sunday, accused of shoplifting from a Walmart while carrying her 6-month-old baby, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Walmart employees at 2701 Fletcher Ave. E observed Sherret Shantay Grimes hiding store items in her purse about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, an arrest affidavit shows. They stopped her from exiting the store. While carrying her baby, Grimes "began hitting and pushing the victims in an effort to escape," the affidavit shows.

During the scuffle, the baby's head struck a wall. When deputies arrived, Grimes tensed her arms and tried to slide her hands from the handcuffs, according to the affidavit.

Deputies searched her purse and discovered the stolen items, as well as a clear bag with marijuana.

Grimes faces robbery, child neglect, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and obstructing an officer without violence charges.

She was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where she remained Monday in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Tampa woman carrying baby accused of shoplifting 05/27/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 27, 2013 11:34am]
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