Nanny charged after leaving toddler in Encinitas store

A Carlsbad nanny who allegedly abandoned a toddler in her care at a strip mall, prompting an intensive 6 1/2-hour search for his parents, pleaded not guilty Dec. 1 to charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor petty theft.

Desirae Harris, 42, is suspected of leaving the 2-year-old boy, identified by authorities only as Connor, at the shopping center in the 300 block of North El Camino Real in Encinitas around midday on Nov. 16, according to sheriff's officials.

Employees of a Michaels art-supply store found the tyke wandering by himself inside the business, Sgt. Joe Tomaiko said.

The workers made announcements over a public-address system in the store and searched...