The Long Island father who allegedly abandoned his child in a Harlem sandwich shop told police he was drunk when he left the 3-year-old behind, according to published reports.
Stanley Frederique, 34, was arrested Sunday, the morning after he allegedly left his daughter in a Subway sandwich sho ag St. Nicholas Avenue and West 124th Street.
He reportedly bought the child a sandwich and then left leaving behind little Natalie, who was wearing a green dress with white polka dots and pink pants.
Fredrique told police he was drunk and forgot his daughter was with him, according tothe Daily News. He has been charged with abandonment of a child, reckless endangerment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Sources told the paper it was unclear where Natalie's mother is.
An employee working at Subway that night said the restaurant was busy, but when a customer asked another employee about the girl, his co-worker took her to the nearby police station.
From there, she was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital where she was released to the care of the Administration of Child Services.
"Once she came into the custody of ACS, we did everything we could to make her feel secure and comfortable. We are investigating the circumstances of this case," said a statement from Child Services. In general, children are first taken to the Children's Center, where trained staff take care of them.
Fredrique has been charged before with endangerment of a child,according to the Long Island Press.