Security video showed nothing amiss when Frankea Dabbs — wearing dark glasses, pushing a baby stroller and pulling a rolling suitcase — entered a busy Manhattan subway station Monday night.
But after riding uptown to another stop, police say Dabbs purposely left her most precious possession behind on the subway platform: her baby girl.
Dabbs, 20, who has a record of petty crimes in North Carolina, was arrested near Central Park Tuesday after someone recognized her from the video released by police. She told detectives she was a homeless widow from North Carolina recently arrived in New York.
“She felt she couldn’t take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space,” an NYPD spokesman said.
A passenger had seen the woman and child board the train at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue. The passenger got off at Columbus Circle and noticed the unattended stroller on the platform and the mother inside the train. After the train pulled away, the passenger notified a subway worker who called police.
The baby, who is about 10 months old, was examined and doctors found no apparent signs of trauma. She was placed in the care of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.