The incident began shortly before 10 a.m. around Northern Boulevard and 106th Street, police said. A Hispanic man hailed the cab, driven by Elmhurst resident Klever Sailenmar, and got in with the girl. The cab traveled west on Northern for several blocks before the man requested to use a pay phone, police said.
When the cab stopped, the man fled, police said, leaving the infant in the backseat. Sailenmar took the baby to Engine 289 at 97-28 43rd Ave., where firefighters took care of her until police arrived.
The baby was taken to St. John's Queens Hospital, where hospital staff nicknamed her Lourdes. She was in good condition and the proper weight for her age, officials said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the girl or her parents to call the New York Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
See the March 6 editions of the TimesLedger Newspapers for the full story.
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