The mother accused of leaving her 10-month-old baby girl on a New York City subway platform said she is homeless and police suspect she abandoned the child because she could not adequately care for her, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Frankea Dabbs, 20, was charged Monday with child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child, police said.
Dabbs was taken into custody shortly after midnight near 72nd Street and Broadway after police were told of her whereabouts by a tipster who had seen the widely circulated photos and video, police said. A woman was seen pushing the baby’s stroller onto a subway platform Monday at the Columbus Circle station and proceeding to get back onto a northbound train.
The mother told police that she is from North Carolina and came to New York on July 2. She said the baby's father died recently in California.
The child was examined at a hospital and is in good condition. She is in the custody of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, police say.
Although New York City has a law that allows people to take an unwanted baby to a firehouse, police station or hospital with no questions asked, it would not have applied in this case because it only pertains to infants 5 days old or younger.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
10:07 a.m.: This post was updated with details about the mother and what she reportedly told police.