My question involves criminal law for the state of Arizona
I am mom of 2 kids accused of shoplifting. I went in to kohls to retun something which I did promptly. I had a 12 month old baby who was screaming frantically. Inorder to pacify him I basically gave a $5 soft toy . He calmed down for 10 minutes. After which he started crying. so I held onto him all the time while I was shopping. Then I picked out 2 shirts and a perfume. I stood in the line and my son started screaming non-stop. By which time I left all the things on the table there and pushed the stroller out. Little did I know that $5 plush toy was lying in the front of the stroller(where the child usually sits) . My intention at that time was to get to the car as soon as possible, nurse and pacify the infant. After I walked 2 steps out of the store 2 huys came in and asked me if i had payed for the toy. for which I said no and that I didn't know it was there. I followed them and explained to them my intent was not shoplift . if I had such intent why would I display the toy infront of the stroller instead of putting it inside or hiding it.
The cops came and since i have a clean record they gave me a citation ticket. The cop said I wa slooking at the cameras. For which I replied I was looking at the dresses/shirts displayed on the top. Also I told the officer that I had other expensive things that I left on the table and with a screaming baby I didn't have the slightest hint that I had a soft toy. He said appear before the judge.
Now I work for the school district and have a clean good record. not even speeding ticket or warning. I am totally depressed, exhausted as to how a small oversight on my part has gotten me into this mess. Also with a screaming baby , a mother's logical, personal reasoning ability will obviously be impaired. Please let me know my implications.