Crime

Mother Charged After Leaving Her Baby Outside Of Salon

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

On Aug. 24, a woman found a baby who was less than 1 year old in a grocery cart outside of a Supercuts salon in Gilbert, Arizona. The infant’s mother, Cherish Peterson, is now facing charges.

Employees noticed the baby boy strapped into a car seat, which had been placed in a grocery cart, but grew concerned after the mother didn’t return, KPHO/KTVK reported. They feared the baby might have ben abandoned, so they took him inside and called the police. It was later determined at a local hospital that the baby didn’t overheat, nor was he injured. 

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Police said Peterson was shopping with three children at Fry’s at the time of the incident and has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child endangerment.

Supercuts employee Miranda Asadoorian said she couldn’t understand how someone could just forget their child.

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"I don't know how you forget a baby in Arizona, in the heat," she told KPHO/KTVK. "It's kind of hard to forget a child.

"And in this heat? That bothered me."

At the time, police officers didn’t arrest Peterson and said they believed she simply forgot her son.

Sources: KPHO/KTVK (2)

Photo Credit: KPHO/KTVK