Woman behind bars, accused of abandoning a child

Woman behind bars, accused of abandoning a child
Charlena Miller (Source: Odessa Police Department)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - One woman is behind bars accused of abandoning a child back in September.

Charlena Miller, 39, was arrested on Saturday.

Back on Sept. 24, Odessa police were called out to the Walmart on North JBS Parkway in reference to an abandoned child.

When officers arrived, they spoke with Walmart employees and a 12-year-old boy.

Walmart employees reported to police that they saw a Miller conceal items inside a purse and exit the store without making any attempt to pay for them.

Police said when employees attempted to confront Miller, she evaded them and got into a vehicle and fled the scene.

Further investigation also revealed that Miller left her 12-year-old son at the store.

We're told Child Protective Services was notified about the incident and the 12-year-old was released to a family member.

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