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Mother of 2-year-old Abandoned at Food-4-Less Arrested

Mother of 2-year-old Abandoned at Food-4-Less Arrested

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RIVERSIDE – The woman, who according to authorities, casually abandoned her toddler in a Riverside Food-4-Less is behind bars on Tuesday.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

On Sunday, the woman, later identified as Chiengkham Vilaysane, 31 of Riverside walked into the Food-4-Less Store located at 4250 Van Buren Boulevard with her t2-year-old daughter. Her daughter wandered off, and when a good samaritan brought her back to her mother, she allegedly said,”Oh, just leave her.”  She paid for the items and left the store. There was never a report of a missing child and the child was taken into protective custody.                                    

The Riverside Police Department released store video surveillance of the woman walking into the store seeking the identity of who the small abandoned child identified as “mommy”. Tips flooded in to the police department and Vilaysane was identified. The Riverside Police Department then shared her identity with the public on Tuesday morning.
Vilaysane was recognized by someone while she was at a bank. The police arrived and took her to the station for questioning. Following the questioning, Vilaysane was booked into jail.

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  • Chiengkham Vilaysane: RPD
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