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$2 million bond set for accused Memphis baby-thrower

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Two women charged in a baby-throwing incident appeared before a judge Tuesday.

Memphis police say Stacey Cleaves allowed friend Camilla Fields to use her two-month-old son in a shoplifting attempt at a Memphis Wal-Mart.

When Fields was confronted by a security guard, she hurled Cleaves' baby at him. The infant, strapped into a carrier, landed face-down on the concrete floor.

An emergency medical technician who happened to be in Wal-Mart revived the unconscious baby.
Fields is charged with one felony count of child abuse and neglect and one count of assault.

She remains in custody with a bond set at $2 million. The judge said he could not comment on the reason for such a high bond.

Meanwhile, Cleaves is charged with false reporting and child neglect after telling police she had no knowledge of the shoplifting attempt because she was in the restroom the entire time. She also claimed Fields was her sister, but the two women are not related.     

Cleaves would not talk Tuesday about the charges against her.

"When I'm ready to talk with you, I'll call you," she said.
Both women are scheduled to appear again in court next Thursday.

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