NEW YORK – A mother who abandoned her baby on a bench next to a Burger King restroom and inexplicably dashed out of the New York restaurant has been found and charged, police said Wednesday.
Kimberly Burndidge, 27, was charged with child abandonment for leaving her four-month-old daughter at the Burger King on Rockaway Boulevard, Queens, about 10:50pm Tuesday.
The girl's father, Westley Kendall, 20, was charged with child endangerment, although it was unclear what his alleged role was in the incident.
The baby was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in an ambulance shortly after being found, but she was released to the Administration for Children's Services in good condition Wednesday, authorities said.
Authorities could not say why Burndidge fled the restaurant when employees approached her.
Burndidge could face up to four years in jail if convicted on child-abandonment charges.