NYPD(NEW YORK) — The woman accused of abandoning her baby on a crowded New York City subway platform told police she is homeless and couldn’t handle being a mother.
Frankea Dabbs, 20, said she arrived in the city on June 2. She was charged Tuesday with abandoning a child and committing actions injurious to a child less than the age of 17, a day after she dumped her 10-month-old daughter at the 59th Street Columbus Circle station in Manhattan, police said.
“She felt she couldn’t take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space,” said Stephen Davis, a spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Dabbs’ last known address is in Raleigh, North Carolina, but she had identification indicating that she is from California. She told police that the baby’s father had recently died in California.
She has an active warrant out of North Carolina for marijuana possession, according to police records.
“I’m just glad they found the mom and the baby’s fine,” said Catherine Boursier, the woman who found the stranded child on the subway platform alone in a red-and-white polka-dot stroller on Monday.
Boursier stayed with the child until police arrived around noon.
Dabbs admitted to police that she abandoned her baby, authorities said.
She was arrested early Tuesday morning on Manhattan’s Upper West Side after the NYPD released a photo of the infant, shown sucking on a bottle and wearing a red-and-white blouse.
Dabbs was taken into custody about 12:30 a.m. not far from where she is accused of leaving the infant.
She was riding a northbound No. 1 train when she pushed the baby off the train and onto the platform before jumping back on the train and leaving the infant alone, police said.
The baby was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for a check-up and is in stable condition. The baby is now in custody of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.
Police also released a video showing a woman, wearing sunglasses and a white tank top pushing the infant through the emergency exit to enter a subway station. She later leaves the station the same way after returning on a subway train without the baby.
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