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Mother Found After Leaving Baby at NYC Subway Platform

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman accused of abandoning her baby at the Columbus Circle subway station has been charged, police said.

Frankea Dabbs, 20, was arrested on charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, police said.

Dabbs told police on Tuesday that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.

In a preliminary interview, she told detectives that she is from North Carolina and came to New York on July 2. She said the baby’s father died recently in California.

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

Police said Dabbs was on a northbound No. 1 train at Columbus Circle just before noon Monday when she was seen pushing the baby’s stroller off the train and onto the platform. Dabbs then continued on with the train, police said.

Another woman found the baby girl alone on the platform and waited for someone to return. When no one did, she told a subway worker who called police.

Police released photos of the baby and her stroller as well as surveillance video of Dabbs in the subway.Mother Found After Leaving Baby at NYC Subway Platform

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