Police: Woman gives son to stranger on bus

A Pittsburgh resident is facing charges for leaving her 6-year-old while she was being arrested for shoplifting


Associated Press
August 23, 2010 11:45PM (UTC)

A Pittsburgh woman faces charges after she allegedly left her 6-year-old son with a stranger on board a bus while she was being arrested on a shoplifting charge. Police said Portia Scoggins had two children with her Friday when she boarded a bus after taking items from a pharmacy, but just one when they pulled it over and arrested her.

Officers said Scoggins left the older child on board, giving a stranger the address for one of the boy's friends and instructions to drop him off there.

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Police later learned the boy had been on the bus and found him at the address Scoggins supplied to the stranger.

Online court records don't detail the charges against Scoggins. A phone listing for her could not be located Monday.

The children are in the custody of county social workers.


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