Father of baby abandoned in '08 is arrested in NY

Police have arrested the father of a baby who captured the hearts of New Yorkers when she was abandoned two years ago.

April 9, 2010 5:55:31 AM PDT
Police have arrested the father of a baby who captured the hearts of New Yorkers when she was abandoned two years ago. Police say 29-year-old Carlos Cardenas is charged with statutory rape of the baby's mother, who was 14 at the time. The name of his attorney was not immediately on record Friday.

The case grabbed headlines in February 2008 when a livery cab driver left the baby, Daniella, at a Queens firehouse.

The driver initially was praised as a hero after telling authorities she had been abandoned in his cab. Police later revealed his girlfriend was the baby's aunt. Investigators concluded that he made up the tale and was helping her family get rid of the baby.

Police say Cardenas recently resurfaced in New York.


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