A 22-year-old father allegedly left his 10-month-old twins alone in a car Monday morning to shoplift from Peachtree Mall, according to testimony Tuesday morning in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Kendarius Howard pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of theft by shoplifting and two counts each of children left unattended, reckless conduct and first-degree forgery. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail.
The case was bound over to Superior Court.
Authorities said they were called to the 3131 Manchester Expressway mall around 10:35 a.m. Monday after someone reported seeing 10-month-old infants in car seats alone in the rear of the vehicle. The keys were left in the ignition, according to police.
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The infants, whom were unharmed, were put in their grandmother’s custody, the testifying officer confirmed.
After speaking with the mall’s loss prevention department, officials said they learned that Howard, the twin’s father, allegedly stole more than $300 worth of clothing. He was taken into custody at the shopping center and charged.
During his arrest, authorities said they found two counterfeit $100 bills.
Howard told the court that those are the bills he received when he sold a gaming system, and he didn’t know the bills were counterfeit.