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Local woman jailed without bond, accused of abandoning baby in NYC

Posted July 8, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014

Frankea Dabbs

— A North Carolina woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station on Monday told police that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.

Frankea Aleasha Dabbs, 20, was arrested on charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, police said.

Dabbs, who was being held without bond because she is considered a flight risk, told detectives in a preliminary interview that went to New York on July 2.

"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.

Prosecutor Eun Ha Kim said during a court hearing Tuesday that she showed no remorse.

Frankie Dabbs said Tuesday afternoon that his daughter who once lived on Summit Arbor Drive in Raleigh, left her aunt's house in Roanoke Rapids last week and didn't tell anyone.

The 10-month-old girl, Milaney, he said, was healthy and happy and well-cared for by her mother, who had recently been going through difficult times.

"I think it's because she had a tragic past. She saw her boyfriend get murdered – the baby's daddy – and I think it, maybe, escalated from there," Frankie Dabbs said. "She was holding all of that in."

But he wasn't sure what might have prompted her to allegedly leave the child, whom he hopes to bring back home to North Carolina.

"I was kind of blown away," he said.

NYPD investigators said witnesses told them that a woman pushed the stroller onto the platform at Columbus Circle, then stepped back into the car. The doors closed, and the train left the station.

A passenger had seen the woman and child board the train at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, police said. The passenger got off at Columbus Circle and noticed the unattended stroller on the platform and the mother inside the train.

After the train pulled away, the passenger remained with the baby for about 20 minutes. When the mother did not return, she notified a subway worker who called police.

Frankea Dabbs was found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Central Park, around 72nd Street and Broadway, police said.

Authorities were notified of the mother's whereabouts by someone who recognized her from photos and video police released showing a woman pushing the child through a subway turnstile gate.

Milaney was examined at Roosevelt Hospital, and doctors found no apparent signs of trauma, police said. She was placed in the care of the city's Administration for Children's Services.

A New York City law that allows people to take an unwanted baby to a firehouse, police station or hospital with no questions asked would not have applied in this case because it only pertains to infants 5 days old or younger.

Dabbs' police record shows two arrests in Raleigh, one for breaking and entering in 2010 and another for prostitution in 2011.


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  • I-Defy Jul 9, 2014

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    Nonsense! NYC is liberal Utopia built on liberalism and the idea that all people deserve something for nothing! Ok you got me, thats why that place is toilet just like Detroit, Flint, NOLA, and Chicago. All bastions and mighty fine examples of liberalism so you know you should avoid it

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 9, 2014

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    Doubtful. I suppose pushing the child in a river would be worse but leaving it to be adopted? Really? Have you ever been to a subway terminal in NYC? Nasty nasty nasty

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 9, 2014

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    As much as it pains me I actually agree with you as well. You are capable of just about anything if you are capable of what she did. Sob stories do not excuse her actions.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 9, 2014

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    Do you have proof? Either of us could be right but more often than not my assumption is the true one. Prior arrests, young etc. It really is pretty easy to see.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 9, 2014

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    Only if you want to help yourself. Most would rather receive help from others who have put forth effort. It is easier that way. Why work hard when others will work hard for you?

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Jul 9, 2014
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    You've seen too many movies. She didn't leave the baby to die she left it to be adopted. She could have pushed the baby into the east river which is a lot easier to do anonymously than leave her at Columbus Circle.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 9, 2014

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    That's as irrational and illogical as the rest of Super Hans' comments. At least he's consistent. Consistently wrong but none the less consistent.

  • Super Hans Jul 9, 2014

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    Life would be fine by me. She purposefully endangered this child. Leaving her on a subway platform is no different than leaving her in a lions' den at the zoo. Even if she survived, this child will have to live with the knowledge that her mother left her to die. Horrible.

  • Super Hans Jul 9, 2014

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    There you go. At least someone around here is thinking straight.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 9, 2014
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    Does NC really have to be associated with this child abandonment in NYC?