PHOENIX - A Glendale mother is facing charges after allegedly sending her two children out of a store with stolen formula and then deserting them.
Gabrielle Fisher was at a Walmart store near Maryvale Parkway and Indian School Road with her two sons, ages 12 and one, when she began placing cans of formula inside a purse and a diaper bag, according to court documents.
After stealing the formula, Fisher instructed her 12-year-old son to leave the store with his 1-year-old brother, but did not provide them with food, water, money to get home or supplies to take care of the younger boy, court documents stated.
Fisher then left the store separate from the boys without any attempt to locate her children, according to authorities.
Officials found the two boys waiting at a bus stop near the Walmart. The 12-year-old admitted that he had stolen formula.
Police then escorted the boy and his baby brother back to the store in an effort to locate his mother, but the search was unsuccessful.
Officers then responded to an address provided by the boy, where he said he and his brother lived with his mother and her boyfriend.
When police arrived at the Glendale home, Fisher's boyfriend said she wasn't home, but once officers mentioned Child Protection Services, Fisher appeared, officials said.
Fisher was arrested and taken to Maryvale Police Station where she admitted to stealing formula and abandoning her children after she searched for a short period of time. She is now facing multiple charges, including shoplifting, endangering minors lives and child abuse.