Woman spends the night in Lancaster Walmart, arrested for theft

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - March 5, 2014

East Lampeter Township police said 40-year-old Heather Lynn Defreitas had been in the store with the children from 10:30 p.m. Tuesday until her arrest 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Detectives said her children - ages 3, 6 and 7 - spent most of the time sleeping in a shopping cart.

Defreitas is charged with corruption of minors, plus a felony count of retail theft due to multiple prior shoplifting arrests.

She was released after posting $500 bail. There was no phone listing for her and she couldn't be reached for comment.

The children were turned over to their father.

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