No charges for Gilbert mom who left baby in cart

Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 20:58:29-04

Officials have announced they are not charging the Gilbert mom who left her baby in a shopping cart on August 24.

Gilbert Interim Town Prosecutor Ted Bullock said the following regarding the incident: 

"After a careful review of the facts of this case and the relevant statutes and case law, the Gilbert Prosecutor’s Office will not be filing any charges arising from the August 24th incident involving Cherish Peterson and her infant child." 

Original reports from the Gilbert Police Department said Peterson would be charged with a class one misdemeanor, but prosecutors in Gilbert decided to not file charges against the woman. 

Employees at Super Cuts at Higley and Pecos roads say a woman came into their store asking if a baby left outside belonged to one of their clients.

It's unknown how long the baby was left unattended before employees went to get the child and brought the baby inside. 

Gilbert police say they took the baby to the hospital for precautionary reasons, and that he appeared to be uninjured.

The mother was located about 40 minutes later and police say she was stressed and panicked. She told officials that she forgot that she left the child on the sidewalk outside of the salon.

She is believed to have been shopping at the Fry's next door. The mother has two other children.