The North Carolina, mother who allegedly abandoned her baby in a New York City subway has been acting erracticly since she witnessed her boyfriend killed. Three men allegedly came into their North Carolina home and shot her boyfriend to death while she was hiding under the bed. She was two months pregnant then.
Frankea Dabbs, 20, left her 10-month-old daughter on a busy subway station platform and got back on the train and left. She was arrested and charged with abandoning a child and committing actions injurious to a child less than the age of 17. She told police she was homeless after arriving in the city on June 2 and couldn’t handle being a mother.
Witnesses told police that the woman was riding an uptown No.1 subway train shortly before noon Monday when she pushed the stroller onto the platform at Columbus Circle and rode away with the train. Frankea Dabbs was found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Central Park, around 72nd Street and Broadway, police said.
“She felt she couldn’t take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space,” said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Her father told ABC News today that he had no idea that his daughter and granddaughter were in New York, but said she has been unnerved since the shooting. He goes on to say that she was always a good mother and was very surprised by her actions.
The baby was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for a check-up and is in stable condition. The baby is now in custody of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.