CRIME
04/09/2012 01:31 pm ET Updated Apr 10, 2012

Brittany London No Longer A Suspect In Shoplifting Incident At Louisiana Mall, Cops Say (UPDATED)

UPDATE 8 a.m.: Brittany London is no longer a suspect in a violent shoplifting incident that occurred in Louisiana on Saturday, after the woman who identified her as the culprit withdrew her claim.

Stephanie Johnson, the mother of a young child left at the scene of the crime, originally identified London, a Facebook relation, as the shoplifter, according to WDSU. However, "as of Monday afternoon after Johnson recanted London as the suspect, she said it was her sister-in-law, Charbaney Smith, who left her baby behind after the incident."

Johnson was arrested and charged with obstructing justice. London told the station that she was happy to be cleared of the crimes.

"I've never been in trouble with the law," she said. "I never went to jail. Never, in my life. I was scared."

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EARLIER: A Louisiana woman could have gotten off on a minor charge for shoplifting -- instead she's being hunted by police for allegedly using a stun gun on a mall cop and then fleeing, leaving behind a baby she was caring for.

Brittany London, 31, was caught shoplifting Saturday at a mall in Kenner while pushing a stroller, cops told WWL.

When confronted, London allegedly disabled the cop using a stun gun and then fled in a Honda Accord. The stroller and the baby -- who is estimated to be 6 to 8 months old -- were left behind.

Cops are reportedly still looking for London, but an unidentified mother came forward to claim the baby, and said that London had been its babysitter. Officers wouldn't return the baby until an investigation is complete, because the mother wasn't being forthcoming about who was babysitting the toddler, according to WDSU.

"[Child Services] is concerned not only where the child is going to go, but what kind of responsible parent is going to say, ‘Oh, it wasn't me. Someone else had my child,’" Kenner Police Lt. Wayne McInnis told the station. "But then [admit that they did] not know a whole lot about the person that had their child?"

London would have only faced a misdemeanor shoplifting charge, but now will face felony charges including child endangerment and aggravated battery.

The toddler wasn't injured during the incident.

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