A 6-month-old girl was found abandoned in her stroller on a subway platform in the Upper East Side early Sunday, and her father was later arrested for leaving her, authorities said.
Police believe that the dad may have been drunk, high or both, law-enforcement sources said.
A good Samaritan discovered the infant alone in her stroller around 4:30 a.m. on the southbound No. 4/5/6-train platform inside the 86th Street station on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, police said.
EMS took the baby to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for evaluation, and her mother met investigators there, according to police.
Cops charged the baby’s 26-year-old dad, Josh Perez, with reckless endangerment and are holding him at the Transit District 4 substation in Union Square, police sources said.
Perez, the child, and her mother were all together at a friend’s around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, when the dad offered to take the baby home while the mom stayed at the friend’s, police said.
Perez told cops that he got onto a southbound train with the baby at 110th Street, sources said. He said he only remembers waking up — miles away and without the child — at President Street in Brooklyn, a source said.
The dad called the child’s mother asking her if she had the baby, but the mom reminded him he took the infant, so he then called police to report his daughter missing, officials said.
It’s not immediately clear how the baby ended up on the 86th Street platform.
News of the abandoned girl shocked an 86th Street news-stand worker who saw police investigating as he was opening for business.
“Stupid people,” fumed Syed Quadari, 51, of Queens, who saw officers investigating as he opened his stand at 86th and Lexington around 6:30 a.m. “It’s a human being, man.”
But an MTA worker who learned from straphangers about the abandoned tot wasn’t so shocked.
“Nothing surprises me anymore,” he said.
Additional reporting by Danielle Furfaro and Cedar Attanasio