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Police: Rock Hill mom accused of shoplifting dragged children through Walmart

Two small children lost their shoes as their mother, an accused shoplifter, dragged them through a Rock Hill Walmart in an effort to evade loss prevention workers, police say.

A worker at the Walmart on Dave Lyle Boulevard noticed a woman remove a steam cleaner from its box and then place it in her tote bag Thursday morning. The woman placed the empty box back on the shelf and tried to leave the store through the garden center, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The loss prevention worker stopped her and told her to return to the store. The woman took her 4- and 5-year-old sons out of the shopping cart and started to carry them back into the store, but then she tried to run through a fire door in the pharmacy area, the report states.

Another loss prevention employee blocked her, and the woman began to run. Her boys had a hard time keeping up with her, so she dragged them through the store, causing one of her sons to fall, police say.

Amber Baker, 29, of Rock Hill was finally escorted to the loss prevention office and was later charged by Rock Hill Police with shoplifting and unlawful conduct of a child.

In addition to the steam cleaner, Baker is accused of trying to steal over $275 in merchandise ranging from children’s clothes to greeting cards to wrapping paper.