COLUMBUS CIRCLE — A woman abandoned a 7-month-old baby on the northbound 1 train platform at the Columbus Circle station Monday, police said.
The woman, who a witness said looked between 20 and 30 years old, pushed a stroller holding the baby onto the platform when the train doors opened, and then remained on the train as it sped away at about 12:10 p.m., according to police. The woman had medium-length hair and was wearing a yellow blouse, authorities said.
A 33-year-old female witness standing on the platform called 911 and stayed with the baby as she waited for police to arrive, they said. After waiting 20 minutes for the woman to return, police took the child to St. Luke's Hospital.
The baby is in good condition and still at the hospital, police said.
On Monday afternoon, Upper West Side moms reacted strongly to the report.
"I don't know where this woman comes from or what she has been through but she must have had a lot of problems to do such a thing," Tatiana Nekrasov, 30, said. She was getting off the 1 train on the same platform with her sons Casper, 4, and Jacob, 1.
She said that she puts a piece of paper in her sons' pockets in case they get lost.
"They don't know how to speak yet and losing a kid is a mother's worst nightmare," she said. "But you wouldn't forget your kid. It's tragic. I'm really shocked."