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Baby abandoned in subway: 20-year-old mom ditches her tot in NYC subway

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A baby abandoned in a NYC subway station has been turned over to protective care services, and the mother of the 7-month-old, a 20-year-old woman whose past is littered with drug use and prostitution, has been arrested on child abandonment charges.

Reported CNN today: “Investigators allege Frankea Dabbs left her 7-month-old daughter at New York City's Columbus Circle subway station on Monday because she felt ‘she couldn't provide adequate care for the child,’ New York Police Detective Annette Markowski said. Dabbs was arrested Tuesday on charges of abandoning a child and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, Markowski said.”

Whether she is unsuited to care for her infant or not, witnesses say Dabbs simply abandoned her daughter, whose first name is Mylanea, in a baby stroller Monday on the Columbus Circle subway platform in Manhattan. Dabbs had Mylanea with her, but when the train doors opened, she shoved the stroller out onto the platform. She then remained on the train and rode away.

Lawanna Edmonds, Dabbs aunt, said she believes her niece, who also witnessed the murder of her daughter’s father, needs help and would accept it if offered.

“I think the child is looking for help,” Edmonds said. “She really needs help. It’s not like she just abandoned the baby.” Edmonds said Dabbs was living with her in North Carolina but that she disappeared last week.

Frankea’s father Franklin Dabbs agreed with his sister. “She’s been though a lot,” he said, speaking of his daughter. “Her boyfriend got killed. Her stepdad threw her out. It’s just sad.”

“Stuff is wrong with Frankea’s mind,” Lawanna said, adding that Frankea’s stepfather kicked her out because she hated the light and would insist on living in darkness all day long. “She walks around with dark shades ... She even sleeps in dark shades. I really believe there is something mentally wrong with Frankea.”

The 7-month-old was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital after a good Samaritan spotted her alone in the stroller. She was reported to be in good health.

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