Woman charged after baby girl left in shopping cart at Northport Walmart, mother located

NORTHPORT, Alabama (WBRC) – UPDATE: Northport Police Department investigators say they located the mother of the abandoned child in a shopping cart at Walmart.

Police say the child’s mother is 37-year-old Bethany Joy Boothe.

Bethany Joy Boothe, 37.(Source: Northport Police)

Boothe was questioned and taken into custody on an outstanding writ with the city of Northport for a traffic violation, police say.

Additional criminal charges are pending for Boothe and Melissa Smith relating to child abandonment. Police say Smith is an acquaintance of Boothe.

Northport Police are questioning a woman after she said she left a baby girl in a shopping cart at Walmart on Thursday night.

Northport Deputy Police Chief Keith Carpenter said officers received the call around 8.30pm saying a baby was found alone and in a shopping cart at the store at 5710 McFarland.

When Northport officers arrived, they found a 4.5-month-old baby girl in the custody of employees inside the store near the jewelry department.

The little girl was taken to DCH. The baby is doing well and is now in the care of DHR.

An investigation revealed that Melissa A. Smith, 37, of Tuscaloosa, was pushing the shopping cart in which the baby was found. Smith is not believed to be the baby’s mother.

Smith was arrested for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana II, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The bond is set at $17,500.00.

The Northport Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the abandonment and to identify and locate the child’s mother. Other criminal charges may be pending.

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