When Nicole Leczcyzynski, a pregnant mother from Hawaii, felt dizzy while grocery shopping, she and her husband decided to munch on some $5 sandwiches and pay for them at the register.
However, in the process of loading their groceries and tending to their 3-year-old daughter Zophia, they say they forgot about them.
The consequence? Both Nicole and her husband were put in jail, and their daughter was taken into the custody of child protective services, KHON reports.
"It was a complete distraction, distracted parent moment," Nicole told the station.
When she offered to pay, Nicole says the store manager called the police who arrested the couple for 4th degree theft.
In a statement, Safeway grocery store questions the way their employees approached the situation.
"It appears we may not have handled this matter in the best possible way and we are taking the situation seriously."
In the mean time, Nicole described the incident to the website babycenter.com.
"The police tried to arrange to have one of us arrested at a time, but it was not possible. Neither of us has ever been arrested before, or dealt with CPS. We called and called the office already and the social worker said that Child Welfare Services has three business days to return our daughter or decide to keep her. "
Bail for the couple was posted at $50 each, and 3-year-old Zophia was returned 18 hours later.
According to FOX News, Nicole and her husband plan to argue against the charges on their court date in November.
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