Charges to remain felonies against Riverside Food 4 Less abandonment case, judge rules
By Brian Rokos
A judge has denied a motion to reduce felony charges against a woman accused of abandoning her toddler at a Riverside market.
The attorney for the Riverside woman had requested that the charges be reduced to misdemeanors.
Chiengkham “Cindy” Vilaysane, 31, is charged with desertion of a child under 14 years old and child endangerment. She has pleaded not guilty.
- March 14: Riverside police look for woman believed to have abandoned toddler at Food 4 Less
- March 15: Police arrest mom suspected of abandoning her toddler in Riverside grocery store
- March 16: Riverside mom charged with abandoning toddler in supermarket to get mental health evaluation
- March 16: Family calls woman accused of leaving daughter at Riverside grocery store a ‘really good mother’
- March 20: Riverside mom accused of abandoning toddler has drug, possible mental health issues, judge says
Vilaysane previously was successful in having her address redacted from the agreement that released her on her own recognizance. She felt threatened and cited unflattering comments made about her on online news stories.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Samuel Diaz ordered Vilaysane to move into a live-in facility.
The District Attorney’s Office had also objected to her release without bail.
Riverside police say that on the evening of March 12, Vilaysane’s daughter wandered off while Vilaysane shopped at the Food 4 Less on Van Buren Boulevard. Someone brought the girl back to Vilaysane, but police said Vilaysane told the person, “Oh, just leave her.” Surveillance video shows Vilaysane leaving the store without her daughter.
Tips from the public helped police identify and locate Vilaysane.
A judge has ordered her to stay away from her 2-year-old.