Updated 03/15/2012 08:50 PM
Police Arrest Mother Of Abandoned Brooklyn Newborn
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Police on Thursday arrested a woman they say abandoned her newborn daughter in Brooklyn with the umbilical cord still attached.
Shoshannah Mohammad, 27, is charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17.
Amina DeLeon, a woman who initially called 911, encountered Mohammad and her baby in a grocery store before the abandonment.
DeLeon told NY1 that she was concerned for the welfare of the child, decided to follow Mohammad, and finally asked a nearby UPS worker nearby to use his phone to call 911.
"I alerted him and pretended he had my package, but once I was able to get closer to the UPS worker, I asked to used his cellphone to call 911. So he called 911 and alerted the EMS," said DeLeon.
Police say after that encounter Mohammad was seen carrying the baby along Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights Thursday, before another witness, Lydia Romero, said Mohammad rang the doorbell of a nearby brownstone and left the child, claiming she couldn't take care of it.
"I opened the blanket the baby was wrapped in, the umbilical cord was all around her stomach and her leg, you know," said Romero. "I got scared and I closed it up and when I went outside to tell her, you know, I couldn't take care of the baby, she had left."
The newborn was taken to Kings County Hospital and by late Thursday was listed in stable condition.