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Police Arrest Mother of Baby Left on Subway Platform

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A mother is being held without bail after allegedly abandoning her baby girl in the subway.

Frankea Dabbs, 20, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of abandoning a child and and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

Investigators say she told them she is homeless and could no longer take care of the baby.

Investigators say a good Samaritan recognized Dabbs, who was seen on surveillance video pushing the child in a stroller.

The good Samaritan saw the mother walking near 71st Street and Broadway just after midnight and told an officer, who brought the woman in for questioning.

The baby, who is about six or seven months old, was found in her stroller on the Bronx bound 1 train platform of the Columbus Circle station just before noon Monday.

A witness told police that a woman in her 20s pushed the stroller off a northbound 1 train onto the platform but stayed on the train herself.

"I am a single mom myself and I know how stressful it can be, but I would never do something like that. Never," said one subway rider.

"I think that people tend to be kind of quick to judge," said another. "Certainly, it sounds horrible, but we don't know what situation that mom was in."

They have not yet released the baby's name, but they say she is now in the care of the Administration for Children's Services.

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