On Monday, around noon, a woman headed north on New York City’s northbound No. 1 train gently pushed a seven-month-old baby girl in a red and white polka-dot stroller onto the platform at the Columbus Circle stop, then popped back on the train alone, leaving the baby.
Police still haven’t figured out the identity of the woman who left the infant, or the identity of the infant, reports The New York Times.
Police have released video footage showing what they believe is the woman who left the child.
Police have described the culprit as a black woman in her 20s or 30s, wearing a yellow shirt, according to the New York Daily News.
Presumably, at just before noon on a Monday, there were quite a few people on the subway platform. Columbus Circle is the seventh-busiest subway station in the Big Apple, according to Crain’s New York Business. Over 70,000 people get on and off there on a typical weekday.
A 33-year-old woman stepped up to aid the child. She stayed with the baby girl for 20 minutes or so, and then contacted authorities.
That heroic woman is Manhattan resident Catherine Boursier, according to the Daily News.
She has no desire to speak about the incident. ”We don’t want to talk about this,” a man who answered the phone at her East Village home told the tabloid.
The baby was covered in a rash but was otherwise in good shape, cops said. They transported her to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center where she spent the night.
New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services currently has custody of the infant girl.
Police say they believe the woman who abandoned the baby did so intentionally. One reason is that no family member has reported her missing.
Naturally, locals were shocked and saddened.
“To abandon a child that age is unconscionable to me,” Curt Goldman, himself the father of a seven-month-old baby, told the Times. “They need to have everything done for them at that age.”
Goldman noted the likelihood that the woman chose Columbus Circle because she wanted the child to be seen and cared for quickly.
“She must have her reasons for doing that,” another parent, Patricia Floro, suggested to a Daily News reporter. “I mean something else is going on, something deeper that would make her do that.”