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Woman allegedly abandons toddler on bus

Posted: 05/25/10 at 10:10 am EDT      Last Updated: 05/25/10 at 4:11 pm EDT

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are considering charges against a woman who, they allege, placed her 2-year-old daughter on a Miami-Dade Transit bus and took off.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said they received a report of the apparent abandonment just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, from someone on the bus, along Southwest 179th Street and the dedicated bus path that runs parallel to US 1.

MDPD officers responded to the scene, found the mother in the vicinity and took her into custody. Minnie Hart, the child's maternal great-grandmother identified the woman as 25-year-old Gayle Kelson, a resident of Perrine who also has another child and is separated from the young pair's father, whom she is not married to.

Hart said Kelson comes to the same bus stop daily to take her other girl to school, but for some reason, on this day, she left her 2-year-old on the bus instead. "She put the baby on the bus, and she did not get on with the baby," said Hart. "This is not the Gayle I know."

Believing that the child may be living in an unsafe situation, authorities have notified the Department of Children and Families, who are now considering whether to hand over the child to the grandmother or the child's biological father.

Hart currently sits behind bars, as police decide whether they should Baker Act her for her own safety or give her criminal charges. Hart did explain Kelson has behaved unstable recently. "This is not the Gayle I know," Hart said, "I said, 'Well, say something and talk to me.' She said, 'Get away from me' in a deep voice, so I don't know. I don't know what's wrong with her."

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