The New York Post is reporting that Josh Perez left his infant daughter in her stroller on an NYC platform, Sunday. The 26-year-old, who fell asleep on the train, woke up after he had journeyed 12 miles to realize that his baby girl was missing. Perez had notified police about the disappearance of his daughter, offering no inkling to her whereabouts.
Fortunately, a commuter found the infant at the 86th Street and Lexington Avenue station in New York and alerted MTA authorities. The baby was immediately recovered and taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Perez most likely was drunk and high on drugs when he abandoned his infant daughter on a train platform. A backdrop story revealed that Perez and the girl's mother, Vanessa Almodovar, visited a friend before getting into a heated argument on their way home at 2 a.m.
The 27-year-old woman had angrily returned back to the friend's house and left Perez with the daughter to take a train back to the Bronx. The next time that the pair would talk would be Perez asking her if the 6-month-old girl was with her.
Josh Perez had given an impression to police that the infant had been abducted. He has since been charged with reckless endangerment, abandonment of a child, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.Law enforcement sources speaking to the Daily Mail revealed that the New York man had been previously arrested 16 times. The felonies were for resisting arrest and assault whereas the misdemeanors included turnstile-jumping and criminal mischief.
This is not the first instance of bad parenting where a child would be abandoned by an adult. An ABC News story focused on a French couple who forgot their 3-year-old daughter at a rest stop. They had traveled 90 miles before hearing a radio news report about a little girl that had been left behind by her parents.
Melda Ilgin's parents forgot their 10-month-old baby was in a yellow inflatable on a fun day at the beach. By the time they realized their baby girl was still in the water, strong currents and winds had pushed the little girl half a mile out to sea. Thankfully, Melda was rescued before her inflatable capsized, The Guardian is reporting.
A shocking story by the Huffington Post says a young mother drove 12 miles with her 5-week old son on the roof of her car. Fortunately, when the baby toppled off the roof of the car, he was found unharmed. The marijuana smoking mom was spared prison, but sentenced to 16 years supervised probation.