CENTERVILLE, Ga. — A 4-year-old boy is recovering from critical injuries to his head and internal organs after police say his mother ran him over as she tried fleeing a loss-prevention officer outside a department store Thursday evening.
Arkebia Albury, 25, is charged with child cruelty, reckless conduct and theft by shoplifting, Centerville police said.
The Georgia State Patrol has also charged the woman with serious injury by motor vehicle, failure to stop at an accident with injuries, driving with a suspended license, and two counts of child seat belt violations.
Police Chief Sidney Andrews told The Telegraph of Macon that one of Albury’s children got into the passenger side of the car, but the 4-year-old boy was run over as the officer approached and the woman tried to flee the scene.
Albury put the injured boy in the back seat, ignoring the officer’s plea to leave the child where he was and wait for an ambulance, Andrews said.
“The child is in bad shape,” Andrews said. “It wasn’t looking too good.”
Police later arrested Albury and took the boy to a hospital.
The woman was leaving a Belk department store about 15 miles south of Macon, and authorities were unclear on what was taken.
“I believe it was a couple of T-shirts. I do know it was clothing. It was a misdemeanor amount,” Andrews said. “This certainly was not worth it.”