Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Mother of subway baby homeless

A baby girl who was abandoned at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York (NYPD/AP)
A baby girl who was abandoned at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York (NYPD/AP)

A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a New York subway station has told police that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the girl.

The woman was still being interviewed today and has not been charged.

Police said she pushed the baby's buggy onto a subway platform in Manhattan yesterday and then got back on a train. She was found early today near Central Park.

The mother has told detectives in a preliminary interview that she is from North Carolina and came to New York last week. She says the baby's father died recently.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said the woman claims she thought she was leaving the baby in a "safe space".

The baby is about 10 months old and appears to be in good condition.

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