MARY ESTHER - A mother is arrested on child abuse charges for sacrificing her infant in a failed attempt to escape a shoplifting arrest.
Ashley Wright, 23, of Pensacola, went shopping Monday night at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says she went into the fitting room at Dillard’s and stuffed two pairs of Miss Me Jeans and a pink Hurley shirt, valued at $261.00, in a baby stroller and walked out of the store.
As a deputy approached her car, the Sheriff’s Office says Wright yelled at her husband to leave. When the deputy tried to get Wright out of the vehicle, she put a baby carrier, with her 3-month-old inside it, in between her and the deputy and said “You will have to shoot through the baby to get me.”
Wright then threw the 14 pound infant, still in the carrier, at the deputy and took off running Fortunately, the baby was not hurt.
Mom didn’t make it far. She fell down in the parking lot and fought the deputy as he tried to take her into custody.
Wright is charged with petty theft, child abuse and resisting an officer.