Police: Man Left 1-Year-Old Alone In Harlem

May 03, 2018 - 4:10 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  Police are looking for a man last seen with a 1-year-old boy who was found abandoned in Harlem Thursday.

At aroudn 11 a.m., the boy was placed inside a fence of a Brownstone at 272 W. 132nd St.

The woman who lives on the lower level of the brownstone at 272 W. 132nd St. was headed out for a doctor’s appointment when she found the little boy inside her latched gate.

After taking the boy around looking for a parent, she called police.

“When I left it with the policeman, it cried to me, ‘Mommy!’ and that made tears come to my eyes. I can’t somebody would just leave a baby like that,” she said.

Police later reported that they had learned around 10:37 a.m. inside the 132nd Street building, Antonio Staton, 22, put the 1-year-old boy inside the building’s exterior foyer and put a table across the opening to prevent him from getting out.

The man then walked to an adjacent building, put a bag full of diapers in a garbage can, and kept walking west on 132nd Street to Frederick Douglass Boulevard, where he threw away his sweater, police said.

The man was last seen walking north on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, police said.

The 1-year-old was described as a black male with braided black hair, wearing a white onesie.

Antonio Staton

Staton was described as a 22-year-old black male standing 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt, black sweatpants and black and white sneakers.

The child was unharmed but police are asking Det. Capo at 212-690-6315 or detectives @NYPDPBMN 212-694-1093.