NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A mother who said she recently came to New York from North Carolina allegedly thought she was leaving her baby in a “safe space” by abandoning the infant at the Columbus Circle subway station, police said.
But as CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported Tuesday, police beg to differ with that sentiment.
Frankea Dabbs, 20, was arrested on charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, police said. She walked out of a police precinct station in handcuffs on Tuesday.
Later at an arraignment hearing in court, Dabbs shouted out an apparent reference to hip-hop star Jay Z, whose real name is Sean Carter, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
“Someone tell Sean Corey Carter, I said, ‘F**k you,'” Dabbs said as she looked into a camera recording the court appearance.
She was ordered held without bail. No plea was entered at the hearing, and the case will be given to a grand jury.
Video allegedly captured Dabbs with the baby in a stroller, moments before Dabbs allegedly pushed the stroller onto the 59th Street-Columbus Circle No. 1 train platform from a departing train.
Dabbs did not answer questions about why she allegedly left the baby, and whether she felt like she was a good mother, as she left a precinct station on the Lower East Side.
She allegedly told police Tuesday she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.