Brooklyn mom may face arrest after leaving tot alone in towed-away car

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Police from the 69th Precinct surround the Honda Pilot, still on a tow hook, after the mother allegedly left her baby in the back seat of her illegal parked SUV this morning. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

A Brooklyn mother is facing an investigation after leaving her 1-year-old child in the backseat of her SUV that was towed away Monday for being illegally parked.

The baby was unharmed and in the care of emergency medical technicians after the tow company, A-Twin Towing on East 81st Street in Canarsie, forced open the rear door and found the infant in a car seat.

The incident began at about 10 a.m. on Dec. 9 when the unidentified woman allegedly left the baby in the back seat of the locked vehicle at East 102nd Street in Parking Lot B of the Bayview Houses.

A manager with the towing company said they have a contract to tow illegally parked vehicles with no permits from the parking lot, and one of the company’s workers found the Honda Pilot illegally parked, with no owner in sight. 

The tow company brought the vehicle to their yard on East 81st Street and Foster Avenue, at which point, they received a call from the mother saying her baby was in the back seat.

“When I got the call I went and got a Slim Jim to open the door – you couldn’t see into the car because it had tinting,” the manager of A-Twin Towing said, who declined to be named for the story. “When I opened the back door, there was the baby sitting in a safety seat in the back.”

Officers from the 69th Precinct were alerted after the mom initially said her car had been stolen with her child on board. EMS also arrived on the scene at the tow yard and took both the mother and the baby to Brookdale University Hospital as a precaution.

Police also notified the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to investigate and evaluate whether charges would be filed or whether the child was safe in her home.

Chanel Caraway, an official with ACS issued a statement, saying, “Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are investigating this case.”

Police officials did not comment on the matter.


An EMS supervisor escorts a young mother to an ambulance after her baby was found in the rear of her parked car. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
An EMS technician walks with baby in a carrier after the baby was found by herself in the back of their parents vehicles this morning. (Photo by Todd Maisel)


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