Family: Mom Who Dumped Baby 'Really Needs Help'

At court hearing, Dabbs rants against Jay-Z
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2014 2:50 AM CDT
This image provided by the NYPD shows a baby in a stroller abandoned in a subway station in New York on Monday.   (AP Photo/NYPD)
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(Newser) – The family of the 20-year-old woman accused of abandoning her baby at a New York City subway station on Monday had no idea she was even in New York. Frankea Dabbs has had a troubled life involving drugs and prostitution, relatives tell the New York Times, but she had promised to take care of 11-month-old Milani Love Edmonds and return to school. She moved in with an aunt in California a year ago but had recently returned to North Carolina, where she was staying with relatives until she disappeared a week ago. Her father tells ABC that his daughter saw her boyfriend, Milani's father, murdered in a robbery when she was two months pregnant. He says that since the shooting, she has worn sunglasses everywhere and always wanted to be in dark rooms.

"I know she's a good mother," he says. "I don't understand what happened. I love both of them. All I want is my kids back in North Carolina with me, especially my grandchild." Dabbs "really needs help," her aunt tells the New York Daily News. "It’s not like she just abandoned the baby ... Me, personally, I think the child is looking for help." Police say she has told them she was homeless and couldn't look after the baby any longer. She has been charged with child abandonment—a felony—and is being held without bail. At her arraignment last night, she launched into a bizarre rant against Jay-Z when she saw a TV cameraman. Milani is in the custody of the city's children's services agency.

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