Body pulled from river was woman who abandoned baby in NY

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Posted: May 03, 2016 4:08 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who was charged with abandoning her baby in a Manhattan subway station in 2014 has been found dead in the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

Authorities aren't sure why 22-year-old Frankea Dabbs was in St. Louis, where she had no known connection. Her body was found in the river on April 27. Firefighters used a boat to pull the remains to shore.

The St. Louis Medical Examiner's office identified Dabbs through fingerprints, chief medical investigator Rose Psara said Tuesday. A cause of death has not been determined and may take weeks, Psara said. Police and the medical examiner's office labeled the death "suspicious."

"It's certainly not a natural death to be found in the river," Psara said.

Dabbs had been living in Opa-locka, Florida, near Miami, St. Louis police said.

In 2014, Dabbs was arrested on charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Police said she pushed a baby's stroller from a train onto a platform at the Columbus Circle station, then got back on the train, leaving the 10-month-old girl behind.

She pleaded guilty to child abandonment in June and was sentenced to jail, though it wasn't immediately clear when she was released.

At the time of her arrest, Dabbs told authorities she was homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl. She said at the time she was from North Carolina and had only recently come to New York.

The baby was examined at a hospital and doctors found no apparent signs of trauma. She was placed in the care of the city's Administration for Children's Services.

Authorities were notified of Dabbs' whereabouts after the incident by someone who recognized her from photos and video police released showing a woman pushing the child through a subway turnstile gate.

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Associated Press writer Kiley Armstrong in New York contributed to this report.