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NYPD: Mother of abandoned baby says she's homeless

By: The Associated Press
July 8, 2014 Updated: July 8, 2014 at 9:35 am
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photo - 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) 

NEW YORK — A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station has told police that she's homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.

The woman was still being interviewed Tuesday and has not been charged.

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.

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