A mother from Bronx, New York was charged after police said she was drunk at home—while her autistic 9-year-old son wandered around a Subway station by himself.
And it’s the second time in weeks she has neglected her son.
Charisma Bellamy, a 37-year-old mother and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) conductor was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to an exclusive article by the NY Daily News.
It allegedly happened in the 161st St. Station on the D line at about 11:25 p.m on Monday, Dec. 18.
Authorities have not yet revealed if the 9-year-old boy walked to the station by himself or took the subway.
Authorities said a stranger saw the boy on the southbound platform by himself. The good Samaritan then took him to the police facility inside the same station. Officers recognized the boy from an incident earlier this week.
After taking the boy back to his home on Anderson Ave, over a quarter mile away, the officers were let inside by the boy’s 11-year-old brother.
Unnamed sources told the Daily News that they found Bellamy inside the house—passed out and drunk.
At an earlier incident back on Dec. 9, police found the same boy wandering the same station. Upon returning the boy home, they were also let in by the older brother. Bellamy was found inside passed out as well.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 20, 2017
During the earlier incident, she got the same endangerment charge but there was not enough evidence to prosecute her.
Bellany has had no previous issues at her work with the MTA, according to Transport Workers Union Local 100 conductors rep Crystal Young.
Young declined to comment on the charges.
“This is a private issue,” Young told the Daily News. “It doesn’t have anything to do with her performance at work.”
“Honestly, people should respect their privacy,” she added.
Some comments from social media urged for the children to be taken away by social services, while others stress that the mother just needs some support.
“Clearly this is lack of supervision at the very least. Where is ACS in all of this? Clearly the children need to be removed. 2 reported incidents in less than a month. What about the incidents that are not detected?” one person wrote.
“She needs help! Not judgment ! The MTA should offer her a program. Social work maybe to help with her son’s needs program’s etc. God bless and help her thats all I’m saying,” another commented.
Another person pointed out “When your child is roaming the streets while you’re drunk and your career is involving the public you automatically lose the ‘respect to privacy.'”