Entrusted with the care of a child, a stepmother deliberately left the child in a grocery store so that she could spend time with her family.
Chelsea Lynn Charfauros Taitano left her 8-year-old stepson inside San Jose Mart on the evening of July 19 so that she could avoid being asked by her family about who the child was.
According to court documents, a witness saw Taitano enter San Jose Mart carrying a baby in a carrier and a male minor.
While in the store Taitano used the phone while the male minor purchased drinks for her.
Then, she left with the baby in tow but the boy was left behind in the store.
The complaint states that after an unknown amount of time a witness approached the child and asked where his parents were, the child responded that his stepmother had dropped his dad to a game room and that after going to the store he did not know where she went.
The witness stayed with the child for about an hour before calling authorities. Police interviewed the child, who was in tears, in hopes of getting information about his family, but the interview was not fruitful.
It wasn’t until two hours later that Taitano returned to the store telling police that “she didn’t mean to leave him.”
Police later found out that she purposely left the child in the store to spend time with her family and “did not want to be questioned about whose kid he was” and that she “lost track of time.”
Taitano has been charged with child abuse. She was booked and confined.