AVON PARK, Fla. (FOX 13) - There has been an outpouring of support on social media for a woman suspected of shoplifting at a Walmart store in Avon Park, Florida.
Security images show the woman with a small child leaving the store with baby wipes and a car seat, but deputies say she never paid for the items. It's roughly $200 worth of merchandise.
The Highland's County Sheriff's Office posted the images on Facebook, but the post is now sparking conversation and empathy among moms.
"If I saw her in the store and she was struggling and she happened to mention it, I would definitely help her out," Tina Williams said.
"Never feel like there's nobody out there that cares," Chrisiti Noble said. "Because people do care."
One of the people who care is Jessica Reynolds with the Healthy Start Coalition. It's an organization with offices throughout the state aimed at educating parents, offering free programs, including one on car seat safety.
"They can sign up and come take the class and learn how to operate it correctly because we know they are very challenging and install it and then they can walk away with a brand new car seat," Reynolds said.
"We can all understand how somebody could be in a desperate situation and not have money for something like that, but there are always options that come well before deciding to commit a crime," Highlands County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Scott Dressel said.
"I will pay," one person wrote on Facebook. "Her bill."
"If someone pays for her bill, will Walmart drop charges?," another person wrote on Facebook.
"In every case there's always discretion," Dressel said. "There's nothing saying that she absolutely has to be charged if we identify her."
Even though the exact circumstances surrounding this case are unclear, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office is hoping it will help inform parents who might not know about the resources available, including churches and organizations like the Healthy Start Coalition.
The sheriff's office says had the woman called them they would have made sure she got that car seat.