Houma Courier

HOUMA, La. - A fleeing shoplifting suspect dropped the merchandise, jumped into a pickup truck and drove off so quickly that her 5-year-old flipped out of the accelerating vehicle, head first onto the parking-lot pavement, police said.

Nakeisha White, 28, of Norman Street, was trying to escape Wednesday from Walmart, 933 Grand Caillou Road, with two young children when the older child was thrown from the truck, Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

White allegedly stopped, put the girl back into the pickup bed with the younger child and drove away.

Hours later, Duplantis said, police were called to Terrebonne General Medical Center where a child was being treated for a head fracture.

White told investigators she was pregnant and feeling ill, using the ploy to escape a second time. White, who remains at large, is wanted on charges of cruelty to a juvenile, theft, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, two counts of child-restraint violations and reckless operation.

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