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Mother faces attempted murder charges after her baby is found outside Queens home: NYPD

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 17:11:45-04

SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens — A mother accused of abandoning her newborn baby outside of her home faces a slew of charges, including attempted murder, police said Monday.

Sabina Dookram, 23, also faces charges of attempted manslaughter, assault, and reckless endangerment.

First responders were called to the scene on 126th Street, near 107th Avenue, around 10:15 a.m. Sunday, according to the FDNY.

The baby boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

Neighbors told PIX11 they heard crying, but initially thought it was a cat.

Elyte Surajbali owns a day care center next door. She found the baby as she got ready to leave for church and called 911.

Dookram was initially taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said. Charges were filed against her Monday.

New York has a safe haven law, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, that allows a parent to safely give up a baby up to 30 days old anonymously and without prosecution. Parents can surrender an infant at hospitals, staffed police or fire stations and other designated spaces.

A parent cannot be charged with a crime if the baby is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location if the parent immediately notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location.