Baby Left Behind in Philly: Fare-Dodger Mom Rushes Off Without Baby at Subway Station

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A baby has been left behind in the Philly transport system by a mother and grandmother who were attempting to avoid paying the full subway fare.

Philadelphia transit officials have reported about the alarming incident that took place on Monday and involved a pair of women trying to fare-dodge the subway system.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority have confirmed the incident took place on the Market-Frankford El. The two adults had a a single, one-day convenience pass that allows one person to take eight rides, officials confirmed.

According to SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern, a transit official had punched the travel pass to allow the mother to enter the subway system, but then the mother handed the same pass over to the grandmother, who was going to take it away to use it at another station.

However, in their attempts to avoid detection by officials they quickly rushed off and left their baby behind at the station, each seemingly thinking the other had taken the baby.

The stunned official took the baby to a station booth to keep warm, and it wasn't until the mother got to the next station down the line that she realized her baby was missing.

The baby was later returned to the mother, and according to officials there are no plans by the transport authorities to cite the women.