Mother abandons 2-year-old daughter at grocery store

Ong Jermaine

She may have had past contact with county child protective services and police at her last known address in Riverside, Railsback said.

Police say the woman entered a Food-4-Less location on Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside on Sunday just before 6 p.m. with the 2-year-old girl in tow.

The suspect was identified as Chiengkham Vilaysane, according to Riverside Police Department spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback. "It makes me sick", Engle said.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying this mother who abandoned her child.

Colby Dee Mattsson was on the clock Sunday night at Food for Less in Riverside and noticed the mother and daughter in the store. At one point, the toddler wandered off and police say the mother never looked for her child, instead, she continued shopping.

Authorities said it appears the toddler was intentionally left in the store by the mother.

While the woman was shopping, a good Samaritan brought the child to her and the mother allegedly responded, "Oh, just leave her", before deserting the toddler after paying for her groceries, police said.

Police initially said Vilaysane could face child endangering charges, but no charges have been filed yet.

"It's sad, it's heartbreaking because I don't see how any human could abandon their child". He said investigators have no leads in terms of finding her, but she is believed to be from the Riverside area.