MIDTOWN — A mother riding the 5 train with her baby was slashed in the face, unprovoked, by a woman who had been following her on Sunday morning, according to the NYPD.
The 31-year-old victim was pushing her infant in a stroller through an emergency door at the 125th Street station in Harlem just before 11 a.m. on Sunday when Jacqueline Sanjurjo, 53, of The Bronx, followed her inside and onto a southbound 5 train, police said.
As the train was in transit near Grand Central Station, Sanjurjo — who police said has more than 50 previous arrests — approached the mother. When the mother looked up, Sanjurjo swung at her face with a sharp object, cutting her on the forehead, authorities said.
Sanjurjo fled the car but was later arrested at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. The sharp object she used to slash the victim was not found, police said.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and got stitches for her cut, they added.
Sanjurjo's prior criminal history includes primarily narcotics and trespassing offenses, police said.
At arraignment, she was charged with assault, acting in a manner that could injure a child, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to court records. The judge ordered that she take a psychiatric exam. She's being held at Rikers.
Her attorney could not be reached on Monday.