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Mother Punishes Child by Leaving Him at Mall

This is just really odd.

A Willow Springs woman has been charged with endangering the life of a child after she left her 6-year-old son alone at the Chicago Ridge Mall to "teach him a lesson," police said.

Ernestine Willer, 52, of the 100 block of Santa Fe Lane was arrested at 7:50 p.m. Thursday after security guards spent almost an hour searching the mall for her, officials said. After the boy was found wandering around the food court alone, he gave police information to track down his mother, authorities said.

According to the police report, when Willer came back to the mall to pick up the child, she was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of endangering the life and health of a child.

And in another odd item, you can watch a clip of a man proposing while his girlfriend is sitting on the lap of a mall Santa.

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