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Witnesses say mother left baby in the street to prove a point to the father

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A mother is facing charges after police say she left her baby girl in the middle of a west Louisville street on purpose. Witnesses say they're happy she is now behind bars.

Bandages on her tiny feet and arms are the only signs showing that the 3-month-old was the subject of a disturbing situation Thursday evening.

"I ain't never in my life seen nothing happen in my life like that," witness Toni Yelder said.

She says the mother of the child, 20-year-old Dunia Abdullahi, placed the baby in the middle of Cecil Avenue and walked away.

"She just put the baby in the street and was on the sidewalk," Yelder said. "I was down there crying, telling this lady: please, get this baby off the concrete."

According to the arrest report, it was 87 degrees at the time, meaning the asphalt was much hotter and the baby was wearing nothing but a diaper.

"That baby sat in the street for about 35, 45 minutes," Yelder estimates.

It's said she placed the child in the street to prove a point to the baby's father. Witnesses say she was referencing an African Tradition.

"She said I'm not going to no jail because this is what we do in Africa.” Yelder explained, “That’s what they do in Africa. [Yelder said] ‘What you talking about Africa, girl?’ That has nothing to do with you putting a baby in the street."

The baby's aunt, Famo Dayib says her family is just happy she is okay.

"What an evil mother, but thanks God she's alive today, living, happy and everything is fine with her." Dayib said, “I'm not so happy with what her mother did but thanks God she is here."

We spoke with the family as Child Protective Services was leaving their house Friday. The mother has been ordered not to see the little girl.

Dayib said "There are consequences with everything in life and I think that was her consequence for putting an infant in the street."

The family says they don't understand why she would put her own baby's life in danger.

"She's never done anything like this before. I was shocked,” Dayib said.

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