Homeless woman arrested for allegedly leaving baby on subway platform

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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.

5 comments

  • Cathie Rodriguez

    I would like to know if you can tell me how I can have the beautiful lil girl and take care of her and spoil her

  • Ham Burga

    I would like info on the little baby girl me and my wife are forster parents we would like to adopt her need info thank you

  • Octavia Garcia

    I am interested with information about the baby. Me & my family are willing to adopt her.

  • Kria04

    The problem remains. The Safe Haven act will take children that are under 30 days of age. This child is 7 months. What are the resources for any mother with a child, regardless of age, to take when she’s overwhelmed or can no longer care for the child?

  • ladyowl610

    20 years old, homeless with a baby? not sure why mom chose that location (besides the high volume of traffic-the baby would be found right away) but she did that child (and maybe herself) a favor. hopefully the baby will be placed with a family who can provide for her, and maybe mom will have a chance to turn her life around.

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