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Woman abandons child to flee arrest

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Police say Meyer left 1-year-old with woman she just met, runs from officers

By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster woman is in more trouble with the law after she reportedly abandoned her young daughter while trying to evade police.
Melissa Sue Meyer, 23, 3041 Crenson Road, was arrested Tuesday, April 30, on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Meyer was wanted by the Lancaster Police Department on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.
An officer saw Meyer on Tuesday near the intersection of 15th and Elm streets and knew she was wanted. When seeing the officer, Meyer abandoned her 1-year-old daughter in order to flee from arrest, according to an arrest warrant.
Meyer left her daughter with a woman whom she had just met, the warrant said.
“When questioned about the abandonment of the child, she stated the female that she gave the child to was her cousin,” an officer wrote in the arrest warrant. “This information was found to be false.”
The officer said the woman who had the child said she had just met Meyer “a few days ago.”
Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said Meyer didn’t get far in her attempt to flee.
“We set up a perimeter pretty quick and picked her up within a few minutes,” Grant said.
Meyer is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.
The Department of Social Services is also investigating.
Walmart shoplifting incident
Meyer’s outstanding warrant was related to a shoplifting incident April 24 at the Walmart Supercenter in Lancaster, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West.
A previous report said employees there noticed a man and two women leave the store with a shopping cart full of laptop computers they didn’t buy.
A store manager said the man broke a lock and removed another on a case where laptops are stored.
Surveillance video shows the man leave with the laptops, place the entire shopping cart into a van and then drive away.
Employees reported they chased three people into the parking lot, but couldn’t get them to stop.
“Her (Meyer’s) accomplice remains at large, but we do have a warrant on him,” said Grant, who said there is not a third suspect Thursday, May 2.
The 11 stolen laptops are valued a little more than $4,000.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152