A mother who abandoned her two young daughters in the street clutching spare nappies has been arrested by police in New York.
Dalisha Adams, 26, left her children aged three and five on a cold street in Brooklyn at around 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
They were spotted by an elderly couple playing on the pavement as cars raced by them.
Both girls were dressed warmly, in bright purple and pink winter jackets and fluffy boots, but appeared confused, and could not describe where they lived. Each girl was carrying a number of spare nappies.
The older child told a photographer: “Mommy just left us on the sidewalk and drove away.”
She was able to give their names as Domini and Diono, and their mother’s as Delisha. The girl remembered that they lived in a blue house with flowers in front of it on 53rd street, but did not know which of the boroughs of New York it was in.
A neighbour of the mother said she heard the woman screaming at one of her children on the day the incident is said to have happened.
She told the New York Daily News: “A kid was crying. She was saying, ‘Stop crying, shut the ---- up. I'm gonna get you out of here.'"
Police traced Adam after matching the girls’ identity with records kept with the Administration for Children’s Services. She was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
After being checked over in hospitals, the girls were found to be in a good condition, and were taken into the care of the ACS.