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Abandoned Baby's Mom Found at Starbucks

Woman pushed stroller onto platform, got back on NYC subway, say witnesses
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2014 2:29 AM CDT
Updated Jul 8, 2014 5:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 20-year-old mother who allegedly abandoned her baby girl at one of New York City's busiest subway stations is in custody, says the NYPD. NBC New York reports that police were given the heads up by a citizen who saw the woman at a Starbucks around 12:30am today—roughly 12 hours after witnesses say she pushed the 6- or 7-month-old in her red and white stroller off the train onto the platform at Columbus Circle, then hopped back on the train alone before the doors closed.

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A woman who saw the unattended baby in her stroller waited for 20 minutes for somebody to return and then alerted authorities, the New York Daily News reports. The baby girl was taken to the hospital for a checkup then handed over to the care of the city's children's services agency. Commuters say they are horrified that anybody could abandon a baby at the station. "Thank God the child wasn't pushed into the tracks," one tells CBS 2. "That woman is deranged, obviously." (Read more New York City stories.)

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