Police officers recently arrested an Atlantic City NJ woman who allegedly abandoned her infant child inside a public library in Clifton, New Jersey.
The suspect is a 33-year-old woman who resides in Atlantic City, NJ. According to law enforcement, the suspect went to the Clifton Memorial Library on Piaget Avenue around noon and put her baby on the floor in the lobby. The suspect then reportedly exited the building without saying a word.
A Clifton police detective later issued a statement about the strange incident and indicated that the suspect left the baby on the ground next to a bag of personal belongings.
The child allegedly abandoned at the Clifton NJ library is a 13-month-old boy. People who were inside the library at the time noticed the kid on the floor and dialed 911 to alert Clifton authorities.
Clifton NJ cops soon arrived at the scene and searched the area for the suspect. They eventually found the suspect walking on Day Street, near the library.
Investigators determined that the suspect planned to give the infant to a child protective services worker at the library but grew frustrated while waiting and ultimately decided to leave.
The suspect faces multiple criminal charges, including endangering the welfare of a child and child abandonment. These are felony-level crimes that could result in the suspect being sentenced to time behind bars.
Moreover, the suspect may permanently lose custody of her kid. That’s because the case has been referred to the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P, formerly known as DYFS). This type of DCP&P investigation is standard in situations like this.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Mom Abandoned Baby in North Jersey Library, Police Charge.”