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A former Hot Springs woman who allegedly abandoned an infant she was babysitting and stole $1,200 worth of items from the residence in April before fleeing to Oklahoma was extradited back to Hot Springs late Saturday.

Crassie Lavon Beasley, 27, who now lists a Tahlequah, Okla., address, was brought to the detention center shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday and charged with felony counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and theft of property more than $1,000, each punishable by up to six years in prison.

Beasley, who was being held at the Garland County Detention Center on bonds initially totaling $7,500, pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday during a video arraignment in Garland County District Court.

Judge Ralph Ohm lowered her collective bond to $4,250 and issued a no-contact order with the victim, the parents, and the residence where the incident allegedly occurred. A felony review hearing was set for Aug. 27.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on April 25, the father of a 3-month-old infant reported he had left the child in the care of his girlfriend, identified as Beasley, when he left for work around 12:30 p.m. that day.

When he returned to his Pullman Avenue residence shortly after 8:30 p.m., he found the back door was open, several items were missing from the home and the child had been left unattended on the floor.

The child's mother stated Beasley had watched her child and her friend's children before and never had any problems. She said she learned from Hot Springs Taxi Co. that a taxi had been dispatched to the residence shortly before 6:30 p.m.

Hot Springs police Detective Hunter Scott located and interviewed the cab driver who stated he was dispatched to the residence on Pullman where he picked up two people, a white woman and a black man, and transported them to an address on Cypress Street.

He noted they were carrying several totes and garbage bags of luggage. He had asked them if they were going to be able to pay for the taxi ride and the man replied, "Yes, but if not, I will give you a PlayStation 4." The driver noted he never saw an infant.

After the incident, Beasley had reportedly blocked the child's mother and father on social media and had no further contact with either of them. The father estimated the value of the items stolen from the residence to be $1,200.

Police posted photos of Beasley on social media and she was taken into custody in Oklahoma on June 3 and extradition proceedings to return her to Hot Springs began.

Local on 07/03/2018

Print Headline: Babysitter who allegedly abandoned infant extradited to Hot Springs

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