On Saturday, February 27, 2021, at approximately 0003 hours, an unidentified and unaccompanied child was found by police at the corner of Prospect Avenue and E. 156th Street, within the confines of the 41st Precinct in the Bronx.
The unidentified child, who says her name is “Sidaya,” is described as a female, Black, approximately 4 years of age, with a dark complexion.
She was found wearing a blue sweater, blue sweat pants and rain boots.
She was removed to NYC Health + Hospitals / Lincoln for evaluation and released in good physical health to the care of ACS.
A preliminary investigation determined that approximately 10 minutes prior to being found by police, the child was observed on surveillance video clip in the company of an unknown adult individual, who was last seen walking westbound on Leggett Avenue at the intersection with Fox Street.
The unidentified adult is described as a female, Black, approximately in her mid-20s, 5’2″ tall, with a medium complexion and a thin build.
She was last seen wearing a black head scarf, a light blue denim jacket, black pants and white sneakers.
Pursuant to an ongoing investigation the following 32-year-old female individual has been arrested and charged on March 02, 2021 as follows.
Sadeekah Abdul Salaam
342 Madison Street
Manhattan, NY 10002
- reckless endangerment;
- abandonment of a child;
- act in manner injurious to a child.
The investigation remains ongoing.
All charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers‘ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.