Mom accused of using baby as human shield

Mom charged with theft and endangering a child

By Bill Spencer - Investigative Reporter

HARRIS COUNTY - Deputies have arrested a Houston area mom, accused of using her child as a human shield in a northwest Harris County Walmart.

According to police this case started when a woman was trying to shoplift a cell phone but when security officers approached her she used her child to protect herself.

On Wednesday at the Walmart at the Cypress Mills Plaza, Harris County sheriff's deputies said Kristen Reeves, a single mother of a 4 month-old baby, was spotted by security guards trying to steal a cell phone and a computer router.

The store's security guard says he tried to stop her and was attempting to put her into a holding room until the police could arrive.

Investigators say Reeves used her child as a human shield to get away.

"She has the infant in her hands and she pushes her towards the loss prevention officer where he immediately grabs the child and at the same time she is pushing her and there is a fire extinguisher on the side and the child's head hits the fire extinguisher. He grabs a hold of the child for safety and she turns and flees from the store," said deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County sheriff's department.

Reeves was arrested and is charged with theft under $1,500 and endangering a child.

Her daughter was taken into custody by Child Protective Services but is now being cared for by other relatives.

This isn't the first time Reeves has been in trouble with the police, she has two other children who have been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at least one other time in the past.

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