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New York Mother Arrested after Her Four-Year-Old Daughter Was Found Walking Alone in the Street

Joe Akins
Mar 03, 2021
11:50 P.M.
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A 32-year-old woman has been arrested for abandoning, her four-year-old daughter, who was found walking alone in the street at night.

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The Police have revealed that the four-year-old girl, a surveillance video spotted walking at home at night, was abandoned by her mother, who is now under arrest.

On Sunday, the New York Police Department tweeted a surveillance video showing the little girl walking down a road. An adult woman walked before the child and stopped to wait for her for a while before walking away.

Police officers in Sydney, Australia on September 23, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Police officers in Sydney, Australia on September 23, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

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In the tweet, the police said the child identified herself as Sidaya and asked people with any valuable information about her to contact them. The NYPD later shared a couple of pictures showing a closer view of Sidaya's face.

Again, they asked for further information from people with knowledge of her identity. News reports about the missing girl went viral with more details about her.

A police car and the city lights in the background | Photo: Shutterstock

A police car and the city lights in the background | Photo: Shutterstock

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Sidaya was found at the corner of Prospect Avenue and East 156th Street in Longwood a few minutes after midnight on Saturday morning.

Sidaya was found clad in a blue sweater, which she paired with blue sweat pants and rain boots. She had no jacket on despite the 40-degree weather.

A young Kentucky couple was charged last month after allegedly leaving their one-month-old baby in a bedbug-infested home.

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Following her finding, the little tot was examined and put under the Administration for Children's Services' care. Authorities also began a search for the unidentified adult seen with Sidaya in the surveillance video.

Late Monday, police figured out the woman's identity and arrested her. She was identified as Sadeekah Abdul Salaam and alleged to have abandoned her daughter before going to a homeless shelter to find somewhere to stay.

Dyfed-Powys police officer issuing a parking ticket | Photo: Getty Images

Dyfed-Powys police officer issuing a parking ticket | Photo: Getty Images

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Police charged her with the abandonment of a child, reckless endangerment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Salaam did not make any statements and requested a lawyer. She awaits trial in a Bronx criminal court.

The disturbing story is in some way similar to that of a young Kentucky couple who was charged last month after allegedly leaving their one-month-old baby in a bedbug-infested home.

A photo of a boy scared of the dark and staring at a source of light. | Photo: Shutterstock

A photo of a boy scared of the dark and staring at a source of light. | Photo: Shutterstock

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Dylan Litwora, 22, and Amber Neidlow, 19, were arrested for leaving their baby son dehydrated and with a bad rash while doing drugs in their insect-infested home. A caller tipped officers of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office off.

The caller alleged that the couple had been using drugs around their son. They were also accused of feeding their baby with cow's milk instead of formula, not shielding him from the cold, and making his living conditions unsafe.

Woman holds baby in her arms | Photo: Pexels

Woman holds baby in her arms | Photo: Pexels

Cops found drugs in the couple's home and charged them with second-degree criminal abuse of a child, marijuana possession, and buying or possession of drug paraphernalia.

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