A drunk dad abandoned his baby boy stranded on a Bronx subway platform in the wee hours of Sunday morning while he snoozed on a No. 4 train, cops told.
Luckily for the tot, who is around 18 months old, a good Samaritan happened by the Burnside Avenue station in University Heights about 3:45 a.m. and brought the boy to the 46th Precinct station house.
A short time later, the boy’s father, 27-year-old Dondre Hunter of Staten Island, frantically flagged down cops at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem.
He said to the officers he had fallen asleep after getting on the subway about 2 a.m. — and when he woke up, his baby was gone, police told.
Cops joined the dots and associated the father to the baby that located at the University Heights station. Hunter captured.
The baby boy, whose name not issued, brought to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center “out of an abundance of caution,” according to police, who told the child finally deemed to be okay.
The panic-stricken mother, for whom cops had been searching, showed up at the hospital in tears just after 10 a.m.
She was also listened saying police that Hunter had taken their son to a party about 5 p.m. Saturday, and his brother last heard from him around 1 a.m.
Cops think Hunter was drunk when he left the child behind, police sources said.
Charges And Punishments
The dad was kept at the NYPD’s Transit District 4 station in Union Square and indicted with the abandonment of a child, a felony, and criminal possession of narcotics, a violation.
Hunter was led from the station in handcuffs soon before 6 p.m.
He had his head down but became angry when reporters outside started asking him questions.
Hunter even attempted to kick a news photographer at the scene.
He was brought to Bronx Criminal Court and was expecting arraignment Sunday evening.