NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) -- A 20-year-old woman has been charged with abandoning a baby on a Manhattan subway platform, police said.
Frankea Dabbs, who is homeless, was arrested Tuesday. She faces charges of abandoning a child and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, NYPD said.
Dabbs is accused of wheeling a baby girl, strapped in a stroller, onto the platform of the 59th Street and Columbus Avenue station midday Monday, then leaving the child alone among a sea of jostling commuters.
Investigators said Dabbs then returned to the No. 1 train.
A passerby spotted the baby -- who is believed to be about 7 months old -- and stayed with the child for some 20 minutes, waiting for her guardian to return.
When no one came back to claim the child, the passerby called police.
Authorities used this case as an opportunity to remind residents of the city’s Safe Haven law, which lets parents of children younger than 30 days old leave their baby at a Safe Surrender site, no questions asked.