Mom passed through the turnstile and boarded the El, grandma headed for the stairs and 6-month-old Saniah rattled inside her stroller outside the ticket booth at 60th Street station.
“It was like synchronized abandonment," said SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel, who watched security camera footage of the incident. [videoembed id= 126380]
The teenaged mom and her mother both thought the other was taking the baby, Nestel said.
The result? The baby, the stroller and both of the women’s purses were left at the turnstile on the Market-Frankford line Monday morning.
"Mom and Grandmom had a one day pass," Nestel said. "And the plan was that Mom would go through, and then give Grandmom the day pass and she would go to another station and use the day pass to get on."
When the baby’s 15-year-old mother and grandmother meet up, they freaked out. Neither was criminally charged.
The grand plan didn't work quite as well as they expected, Nestel said.
"They forgot one minor issue," he deadpanned.