Woman abandons baby on subway platform

Surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller -before leaving her. Photo / AP
Surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller -before leaving her. Photo / AP

A young woman has been taken into police custody after abandoning her baby on a crowded subway platform in the heart of New York, police said.

The little girl, aged six or seven months, was left in a stroller at the Columbus Circle station, one of Manhattan's busiest, on Monday local time.

The 20-year-old woman pushed the stroller onto the platform when the doors of the train she was on slid open -- but did not get off herself.

Police launched an appeal for witnesses and broadcast close-circuit footage showing both the woman and the child.


The child was said to be in good health. Photo / AP

"We had someone notify us about her whereabouts and who she was," a police spokesman told AFP.

The woman is expected to be charged later today, he added.

The baby is in good health and has been handed over to child protection services.

- AFP

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