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EXCLUSIVE: Mother says Walmart failed to report lewd act on her daughter

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By: Alexandra Cowley 

A Dartmouth mother is not happy with Walmart. She says the store in North Dartmouth dropped the ball and failed to report a man who flashed her young daughter inside their store. Making matters worse, the man police arrested for that incident, had just been arrested and released weeks earlier for a similar crime at a Kohl's department store in Dartmouth.

The girls mother tells ABC6 News she's disgusted. She says she was told by 3 Walmart employees they'd take care of the incident, only to find out from police, Walmart never filed a report.

It happened within seconds.

"I heard the girls scream, like kind of make a screech sound," a mother, who asked her identity be concealed for protection, was shopping at the Walmart in North Dartmouth. She had her 5–year–old son, 10–year–old daughter, and her daughter's 11–year–old friend with her. She says the girls were at the end of the aisle next to her, just feet away, when they screamed and came running towards her.

"The girls started to explain that there was a man in the next aisle who had exposed and fondled himself in front of them," the mother said. 

The mother immediately reported the incident to a Walmart employee.

"I said, there was a crime that occurred in your store, about 6 minutes ago, these girls were sexually violated by a pedofile," explained the mother. 

She spoke to a manager, and another Walmart representative over the phone who told her they found the alleged suspect on surveillance. The mother says was told she'd be contacted by police for questioning after the report was filed. She says hours went by and her phone never rang. So, she went to Dartmouth Police herself, who said they never heard from Walmart. Police confirmed, Walmart never filed a report with them.

"Not one of them had the decency to report a crime, it infuriates me," said the mother. 

Dartmouth police contacted Walmart, which provided the surveillance video needed to arrest 30-year-old Wayne Michael Pina of New Bedford.
A detective recognized Pina from an arrest he made just weeks earlier, when he flashed another young girl at Kohl's in Dartmouth.

The mother is speaking out to bring awareness to the severity of the crime against her daughter, "I realize with a perpetrator of this magnitude it could have been so much worse. What if I weren't right there, what if there was an exit there, what if there were a bathroom, what if?"

In response, Walmart sent us this statement:
"As soon as this situation was reported to management, we took action. We are working with law enforcement and have provided surveillance video. We will continue to work with them to assist their investigation."

Pina's bail on his first arrest at Kohl's has been revoked. He's being held without bail on the Walmart incident.

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