The woman who left behind her 2-year-old daughter at a Riverside, California supermarket has been apprehended by police. Police told KTLA News that 31-year-old Chiengkham “Cindy” Vilaysane, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after being recognized by a bank teller, who called authorities. Sadly, the mother of two appears to have a troubled history, which includes previous run-ins with the law and mental health issues.
It was late Sunday afternoon when police responded to calls of an unaccompanied child being found at the Riverside Food 4 Less discount super store. The child had arrived with an adult woman earlier in the day. Police say a fellow shopper found the girl wandering the store unattended and brought her back to the woman, but she replied “Oh, just leave her.” When police showed the little girl security cam footage of the woman she came in with, the child identified her as “Mommy.”
Police released the footage Monday night, and Vilaysane was soon identified. According to the L.A. Times, Vilaysane was recently kicked out of her home and has had run-ins before with law enforcement for drug and alcohol related offenses. She was once placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. On Tuesday around 5 p.m. she walked into a Riverside bank, where she was recognized by a teller, who called the police. She was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of child endangerment, child neglect and being under the influence of controlled substances.
The Daily Mail reports that on her social media accounts, Vilaysane says her 2-year-old daughter’s name is Danica. Police confirm she also has an older daughter who lives with her father. Riverside Police Detective Paul Miranda says the 2-year-old is “a little bit shaken up,” but showed no signs of trauma. She is currently in the custody of Riverside County Department of Child Protective Services. Miranda says there has been an outpouring of support for the girl since her story went public, with many people offering to adopt her.
[Photo: Riverside Police Department]