Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, Ocala Police responded to a Walmart, located at 2600 SW 19th Avenue Road, Ocala, in reference to a retail theft in progress.
Lindsay Nicklin, 30, and her friend, Jimmy Lofton, 30, had been detained by Walmart security after Nicklin left the store without paying for several baby items. Items stolen include, diapers, wipes, a baby bag, baby socks, baby formula, a baby blanket, and breast pump.
Lofton was later released because he never put his hands on any of the stolen items.
While the police officer was investigating a second incident that occurred while he was in the store, Nicklin jumped up and took off running while holding her 11-month-old baby.
According to the arrest affidavit, as she ran out of the exit she slammed her baby’s head on one of the sliding doors. As a result, the baby had a large knot and scratches on her head.
She was tracked down in the parking lot and loss prevention kept her from entering a vehicle that was leaving the scene.
The officer then exited the store and attempted to place Nicklin under arrest.
She told the officer that she should not be arrested because she was only stealing items to care for her baby.
Nicklin’s mother arrived on the scene a short time later and the child was released into her custody, which enraged Nicklin.
At that point, Nicklin began yelling that she not be charged with child abuse or with stealing items for a baby.
According to reports, while the officer was gathering information, Nicklin began taunting him and aggressively yelling.
Nicklin got in the officers face and yelled, “You already took my child. What else are you going to do to me?”
Nicklin also told the officer she was going to kill him the first chance she got.
As the officer attempted to exit the holding room with Nicklin, she began pulling away and started kicking the officer in the right thigh. The officer then directed Nicklin straight to the ground and called for a backup officer.
While on the ground she began to kick her legs, at which time the officer used his free hand to secure her legs.
Once the second officer arrived, they picked Nicklin up off the ground and attempted to exit the room. However, she placed her legs up against the doorjamb and pushed herself backward onto the officers. She then began swinging her head and struck one of the officers in the forehead with the back of her head.
She was eventually subdued with several pairs of handcuffs and leg restraints and placed into a patrol car.
While en-route to the Marion County Jail, Nicklin attempted to get the handcuffs to the front of her body, but got tangled in the leg restraints.
Once at the jail, officers found a broken glass pipe with crack residue in her left shoe.
Nicklin was charged with, Grand Theft, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest with Violence, Aggravated Child Abuse, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting a Merchant, and two counts of Obstruction.
She is being held on $19,000 bond.
Nicklin has been previously arrested and charged with Battery (x3), Violation of Probation, Battery on Person over 65, Grand Theft of a Vehicle, and Driving while License are Revoked.
DCF was notified of the incident.