‘Reason’ Given By Mother Who Abandoned Baby On Platform Of NYC Subway

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Frankea Dabbs apprehended early Tuesday morning and charged with child abandonment

*The mother of the 10-month-old baby girl found abandoned on a subway platform at Columbus Circle in New York City has been identified. Her name is Frankea Dabbs and she was charged today with child abandonment and committing actions injurious to a child less than the age of 17.

Her arrest comes one day after she pushed her child’s stroller off of a train and onto a crowded platform before she jumped back on. She told the police that she is homeless and that she arrived in New York on June 2.

But the story she tells leaves authorities with more questions than it provides answers.

“She felt she couldn’t take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space,” said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.

Though her identification indicates she is from California, where she tells police that the baby’s father had recently died; Dabbs’ last known address is in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 20-year-old mother 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; and stayed with her until police arrived.

Dabbs admitted to police that she abandoned her baby, authorities said. She was arrested early Tuesday morning not far from where she is said to have left the child and taken into custody around 12:30a.m.

 Dabbs was riding a northbound No. 1 train when she pushed the baby’s stroller off the train and onto the platform before jumping back on the train and leaving the infant alone, police said.

The child 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.

Read more on this story at ABC News.


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