Police arrest woman for endangering infant

Published 3:08 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fraudulent use of a credit card led to a Greenville woman being arrested for endangering the welfare of a child.

The Greenville Police Department arrested Lemeka Shequela Pate, 27, on Feb. 7 and charged her with theft by deception, first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child after she was caught using a stolen credit card at the Hampton Inn in Greenville on Feb. 6.

Pate had charged $2,900 on the card.

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“She was in the hotel and the hotel ran the card at some point,” Lt. Justin Lovvorn said. “After they ran it the last time, it flagged that it could be a stolen credit card. They contacted us and patrol was headed up there along with Sgt. Kenneth Hadley.”

Pate fled the scene after realizing the police had been called, Lovvorn said.

“We got there and she had just left before we got there,” Lovvorn said. “That’s when we had them pull their security cameras to see what she looked like. (Sgt. Kenneth Hadley) interviewed someone on the scene there that thought they knew her. That along with the video confirmed her name.”

After enforcement officers were there for a short time, they realized the infant had been left in the vehicle.

“Officers located the child and contacted DHR. They took custody of the child and filed petition to permanently take the child,” Lovvorn said.

Pate fled to Selma were officers from the Selma Police Department arrested her the following day and transported her back to Greenville, Lovvorn said.