Babysitter accused of leaving toddler in car while she shoplifts at Home Depot in Denver

Stephanie Sefcik cited for misdemeanor shoplifting

DENVER - A babysitter is accused of leaving a toddler in a parked car while she shoplifted at a Home Depot in Denver on Thursday afternoon, police said.

In initial reports, authorities incorrectly identified the suspect as the child's mother.

Employees confronted the babysitter about shoplifting inside the Home Depot in the Stapleton area about 12:45 p.m., said Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez. As employees detained the woman, she said a child was outside in a parked car.

Police responded to the store after employees called 911 about getting assistance with the child left alone in the car, Lopez said.   When officers arrived, the windows were rolled down, but Lopez said it was not clear if the vehicle was actually locked.

Lopez said the child had only been in the car about 8 or 10 minutes and was OK. After the nanny was detained, the child's mother came to the store to pick up the toddler.

Police identified the suspect as Stephanie Sefcik, 27, who according to Lopez met with detectives Friday morning. She was cited for misdemeanor theft and child abuse and released.

Sefcik has no prior arrest history in Colorado. In December 2009, Sefcik was convicted of careless driving in Minnesota, according to court records. She also had a driving while impaired arrest in Minnesota earlier that same year.

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