A 32-year-old woman was arrested Monday

By Harriet Sokmensuer
Updated March 03, 2021 09:43 AM
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Sidaya, girl abandoned in the Bronx
Credit: NYPD

Update: Police have arrested a woman in connection with the case of a 4-year-old girl who was apparently abandoned on the street last Saturday.

A New York Police spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE that Sadeekah Abdul Salaam, 32, was arrested Monday and charged with abandonment of a child, act in a matter injurious to a child and reckless endangerment.

The relationship between the girl and the suspect was not immediately clear. It was also not immediately clear if Salaam has entered a plea or retained an attorney to comment on the allegations.

New York City police are asking for the public's help in finding the family of a 4-year-old girl abandoned on the street.

The girl was found alone on a street corner in the city's Bronx neighborhood shortly after midnight on Saturday, the New York City Police Department tweeted. She told police her name was Sidaya.

She was found only wearing a sweater, sweatpants and rain boots in the cold weather.

Surveillance footage released shared by police on Twitter showed the girl moments before being abandoned. The video shows an unidentified woman walking in front of the girl, crossing the street and looking back as the 4-year-old crossed. The woman then walks away, leaving Sidaya behind.

Sidaya was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and was listed in good condition, according to News12.

The woman from the video is believed to be in her 20s and about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with a medium complexion and a thin build.

Anyone with information is urged to call the police or contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Calls can be made anonymously.