Former Raleigh woman charged after leaving baby on subway platform in New York

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NEW YORK — Police have arrested a 20-year-old former North Carolina woman they say left a baby abandoned in a stroller on a New York subway platform on Monday.

Frankea Dabbs, 20, whose last known address is in Raleigh, recently moved to New York after the baby’s father died, according to WNYW. She is reportedly homeless.

Dabbs moved to New York City and apparently decided that she could no longer take care of the 10-month-old girl, identified as Miliani Edmonds, according to multiple media reports.

Dabbs lived in Raleigh in 2012 and most recently lived in Garysburg in Northampton County, according to records.

Dabbs faces charges including abandonment of a child and acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17.

Dabbs was riding the No. 1 train northbound Monday morning with a baby in a stroller.  The woman didn’t get off the train, instead letting the doors slide closed and continuing on, according to the witness.

A witness told police she saw Dabbs push a stroller from a subway car onto the platform when the doors opened. After waiting 20 minutes with the baby on the platform to see if the caretaker or mother would return for the child, the witness alerted police.

The 10-month-old is in stable condition at nearby St. Luke’s Hospital. She was not malnourished, though she suffers from a bit of eczema, police said. She was placed in the care of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.

According to reports, Dabbs also has an active warrant out for marijuana possession in North Carolina.


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