Bail set at $10k for Woman Who Allegedly Abandoned Child at Grocery Store

Food-4-Less security cameras appear to show Chiengkham “Cindy” Vilaysane abandoning her 2-year-old daughter at the grocery store in Riverside, California earlier this month.  The story caught national attention because of it’s unusual nature.  According to police reports, the toddler wandered off shortly after entering the store with her mother.  A good Samaritan then brought the child to Vilaysane who allegedly responded, “Oh just leave her.”  She then, according to police reports, deserted her daughter after paying for her groceries.  Vilaysane has been charged with child endangerment and felony desertion of a child younger than 14.  She pleaded not guilty to the charges and is expected back in court at the end of the month.  A Riverside County Superior Court judge refused to release her without bail or reduce her bail from $10,000 due to the fact that she was unable to provide an address to the Riverside County Probation Department for them to supervise her and to undergo drug testing.

Her attorney and family members believe that Ms. Vilaysane has drug issues and potentially mental health issues that may have led to her irrational behavior.  The toddler is now in child protective custody and will be placed with a foster family.  Vilaysane has an 8-year-old child that lives with the father.  She is currently barred from contacting her 2-year-old daughter pursuant to the Riverside County Prosecutor’s request.

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