The mother of a baby girl who was abandoned Monday afternoon on a subway platform at Columbus Circle was arrested on Tuesday, officials said.
Frankea Dabbs, who is 20-years-old and homeless, was charged with leaving her 10-month-old daughter on the northbound 1 train platform at 59th Street-Columbus Circle station around noon Monday, police said.
Dabbs reportedly pushed the baby's polka-dotted stroller stroller off a 1 train and onto the platform, getting back onto the subway alone, according to the NYPD.
A subway rider stayed with the baby on the platform for about 20 minutes after seeing the unattended stroller, police said. When no one returned for the child, she found authorities.
Another Good Samaritan recognized the mother from surveillance footage on the Upper West Side around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, some 12 hours after the baby was left alone, the NYPD said.
Dabbs was charged with abandonment of a child and act in manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old. She was waiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday afternoon and it was not clear if an attorney had been assigned to her case.
On Monday, the baby was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and appears to be in good health. She is now in the custody of the Administration for Children's Services.
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