Abandoned Baby’s Mom Found at Starbucks
Woman pushed stroller onto platform, got back on NYC subway, say witnesses
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
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.
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.
Attention Moms Who Don’t Want Their babies: There are places you can drop off your babies which are safe. You don’t leave your baby in a crowded subway station.
Nationwide Safe Haven Laws:
Now nationwide, all 50 states have safe haven laws, with Alaska and Nebraska enacting their own safe haven laws in 2008. You should look at your own state’s Safe Haven Law for more details, as they do vary from state to state.
Safe Haven Law Basics:
In general, Safe Haven Laws allow a parent to anonymously leave an unwanted newborn baby in a safe place, such as a hospital, emergency medical services, police station, or fire station, and not have to worry about getting in trouble. The baby will then be given to the state’s child welfare department.