Woman Arrested After Dumping Newborn in Walmart Trash Can

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The woman who gave birth to a baby girl inside a Walmart store in New Roads on Friday and is accused of leaving her in a bathroom trash can had been collecting money for the Salvation Army outside the store, Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres said.

The woman who was arrested, Kyandrea Thomas, 34, of Baker, has the same name and age as a woman who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 2011 in the death of a 3-year-old girl who was left inside a day care center van for nearly six hours in scorching heat in 2009.

“It’s my understanding that this is the same person who pleaded guilty in the Wanda’s World case,” 19th Judicial District Attorney Hillar Moore III said, referring to the name of the day care center.

In the 2009-case, Kyandrea Thomas was one of two former employees of the now-defunct Wanda’s Kids World on Brady Street put on probation for five years and ordered to perform 10,000 hours of community service apiece. Thomas was an aide in the van.

Torres’ deputies and New Roads police were able to identify the woman who left the infant at the Walmart after interviewing witnesses and reviewing video recordings. The baby was discovered, still alive, by a store attendant shortly after 8 p.m. and was believed to be about six hours old when she was found, authorities said.

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SOURCE: Sun Herald, Grace Toohey