Woman who left children unattended while shoplifting at Abilene store receives probation

POSTED: 3:24 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 4:06 PM Jan 30 2013
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ABILENE, Texas -

A woman who left her children unattended in a running vehicle last year while she shoplifted inside an Abilene Walmart received a sentence of three years probation Wednesday.

Amber Marie Hamel, 28, garnered the sentence after pleading no contest to endangerment and guilty to two misdemeanor counts of theft.

Her sentenced was three years deferred adjudication, meaning the judge hasn't made a finding of guilt, she will be on probation for three years and her record will be cleared if she stays out of trouble during her probation. She also has to pay a $1,000 fine and court costs.

According to the Abilene Police Department, Hamel left her two infants in the backseat of her pickup while she went inside the Walmart store at 1650 Highway 351. The pickup was running and unlocked. According to police documents, Walmart had detained Hamel for shoplifting while in the store. She was subsequently charged with a felony for endangering a child.