Police: Baby-tossing shoplifter arrested on theft, endangerment charges

News-DemocratJuly 29, 2013 

— A 23-year-old Swansea woman has been charged with theft and endangering a child for allegedly throwing her infant into a car while making a get-away from a shoplifting trip.

Police said the incident happened Friday evening at the Kohl's store in Fairview Heights.

Mykala M. Bator was charged by St. Clair County prosecutors Saturday with felony retail theft over $300, felony possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of endangering a child. She is accused of shoplifting from Kohl's around 4:55 p.m.

According to the police report, a loss-prevention officer at Kohl's confronted Bator outside the store on suspicion of shoplifting merchandise. She had a 1-year-old infant with her during the incident and when confronted, she ran to a waiting vehicle, tossed the child into the back seat of the car through an open window, and fled the scene as a passenger in the car.

The child was not injured, according to Fairview Heights Police Lt. Steve Evans.

A Fairview Heights police officer responded and saw the vehicle fleeing the scene and stopped it in the 100 block of South Ruby Lane. Bator was arrested there without incident.

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