Police in New York are trying to track down a woman who abandoned a baby by pushing it out of a train onto a busy Manhattan subway platform.
The six- to seven-month-old baby girl was left visibly distressed but police said a hospital examination showed there were otherwise no apparent signs of trauma or ill-treatment.
Witnesses described how a woman believed to be in her 20s was on the northbound Number 1 train when it arrived at the Columbus Circle station at around noon on Monday, police said.
She pushed the baby’s buggy onto the platform, then got back onto the train as the doors closed.
The baby, wearing a red and white blouse, leggings and a nappy, was found alone on the platform by a 33-year-old woman, who according to CBS New York waited for 20 minutes for the woman to return before contacting police.
The little girl is now in the care of the New York City Administration for Child Services, and an appeal has been launched to find the woman involved.
Authorities said they do not know whether the woman was the baby’s mother or primary care-giver – and are not ruling out the possibility that the baby could have been left on the platform unintentionally.
Police have shared pictures of the baby sat in her polka-dot buggy clutching a bottle, and also released footage taken from surveillance cameras earlier in the day which appears to show the woman still with the child entering the subway.
The woman was described as 20 to 30 years old, black with medium-length black hair and last seen wearing a short-sleeved yellow blouse.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the NYPD’s crime stoppers hotline on 1-800-577-TIPS.