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- Antonio A. Staton 22, allegedly abandoned his ex-girlfriend's toddler in Harlem after picking the child up from daycare
- Staton faces charges including kidnapping, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, police said
- A woman found the child in the gated exterior foyer of a building on West 132nd Street last week
A man who abandoned a toddler in front of a Harlem home last week has been arrested, the NYPD said.
Antonio A. Staton, 22, faces charges including kidnapping, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly leaving his ex-girlfriend's one-year-old son in the gated exterior foyer of a building on West 132nd Street, police said.
The toddler's mother dropped the toddler off at day care and went to school, a relative previously told NBC New York. At some point after she dropped the boy off, Staton picked him up.
Around 11 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to a call from a woman who found the toddler in the foyer of a Harlem building.
"The baby looked up and put his arms up. [He] just whimpered a little, like 'Pick me up.' [He] was scared, you know," the woman told NBC New York last week.
After Staton put the toddler inside the building's exterior foyer, he put a table across the gate to keep him from leaving, police said. Afterward, he walked to an adjacent building, put a bag of diapers inside a garbage can and left the scene, according to police.
Attorney information for Staton wasn't immediately available Sunday.