Naples man arrested for taking 3-year-old from shopping cart

Published: February 21, 2022 1:14 PM EST
(Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Department)

Collier County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 40-year-old man for taking a child from a shopping cart in a Walmart parking lot on Sunday.

The child’s mother told deputies that Enben Moodley, 40, was yelling at cashiers and making a scene inside the store on Juliet Boulevard in Collier County. Employees at the store told deputies that Moodley appeared to be intoxicated and slurred his speech.

Deputies say the child’s mother avoided contact with Moodley as she left the store. They say Moodley approached her in the parking lot and took the 3-year-old out of the shopping cart.

Deputies say Moodley put the child back after its mother began yelling for help.

Moodley was found quickly by deputies and arrested. The child was not injured.

Moodley is facing charges of child abuse and false imprisonment. Deputies say they believe this was an isolated incident.