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Baby left on NYC subway platform, police say

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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:21 p.m.
 

NEW YORK — Security video showed nothing amiss when Frankea Dabbs — wearing dark glasses, pushing a baby stroller and pulling a rolling suitcase — entered a busy Manhattan subway station on Monday night.

But after riding uptown to another stop, police say Dabbs purposely left her most precious possession behind on the subway platform: a baby girl.

Dabbs, 20, who has a record of petty crimes in North Carolina, was arrested near Central Park on abandonment charges on Tuesday when someone recognized her from the video released by police.

Dabbs described herself to detectives as a homeless widow who arrived in New York on July 2, said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.

“She felt she couldn't take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space,” Davis said.

A passenger had seen the woman and child board the train at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, police said. The passenger got off at Columbus Circle and noticed the unattended stroller on the platform and the mother inside the train. The passenger remained with the baby for about 20 minutes, and when the mother did not return, she notified a subway worker who called police.

The baby, who is about 10 months, was examined at Roosevelt Hospital, and doctors found no apparent signs of trauma, police said. She was placed in the care of the city's Administration for Children's Services.

 

 
 


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