CRIME

NYPD arrests mother of baby abandoned in subway station; said she is homeless

  • In this Monday, July 7, 2014 surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. The 20-year-old woman, who is suspected of abandoning the baby at the Manhattan station, was in police custody on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NYPD)

    In this Monday, July 7, 2014 surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. The 20-year-old woman, who is suspected of abandoning the baby at the Manhattan station, was in police custody on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NYPD)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, July 7, 2014 image provided by the New York Police Department shows a baby girl who was abandoned at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. A 20-year-old woman who is suspected of abandoning the baby in her stroller at the Manhattan station was in police custody on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/NYPD)

    This Monday, July 7, 2014 image provided by the New York Police Department shows a baby girl who was abandoned at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. A 20-year-old woman who is suspected of abandoning the baby in her stroller at the Manhattan station was in police custody on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/NYPD)  (The Associated Press)

A woman has been arrested on charges she abandoned her baby at a Manhattan subway station.

Police said Tuesday that Frankea Dabbs told them that she's homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.

Police say she pushed the baby's stroller onto a subway platform on Monday and then got back on a train. She was found early Tuesday near Central Park.

The mother has told detectives in a preliminary interview that she's from North Carolina and came to New York last week. She says the baby's father died recently.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis says the woman says she thought she was leaving the baby in a "safe space."

The baby is about 10 months old and appears to be in good condition.