All charges to be dropped against mom of baby snatched by NYPD
A young Bed-Stuy mother was given a second chance by New Jersey prosecutors on Wednesday after her warrant history caused her to be separated from her son for five days.
Jazmine Headley’s criminal record was exposed to the world when NYPD officers were seen on a cellphone video ripping her 1-year-old son from her arms.
The ordeal inside a Fort Greene Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Friday began after Headley refused to leave the facility until she spoke to an administrator about the suspension of her son’s daycare funding.
The government building’s security guards called police who exacerbated the situation by making repeated attempts to yank the baby from Headley’s arms as they tried to arrest her for trespassing.
Headley was sent to Rikers, pending extradition, after it came to light that she had a 2017 warrant out for her arrest in Mercer County Superior Court in New Jersey for credit card fraud charges.
As the days passed by and the video sparked outrage across the country, Brooklyn prosecutors dismissed the charges and Justice Craig Walker ordered Headley’s release from Rikers on Tuesday.
Headley crossed the Hudson River on Wednesday morning to turn herself in to Judge Peter E. Warshaw.
Once the warrant was dismissed, Headley was admitted into a pre-trial intervention (PTI) program.
Headley, 23, agreed to supervision for 36 months, 20 hours of community service and to pay restitution in an amount to be determined, prosecutors said.
After Headley completed the terms of the program, the three charges will be dismissed, according to a letter issued by the Office of Mercer County Prosecutor.
The PTI gives first time offenders the opportunity for alternates in the criminal justice system other than incarceration.
If Headley violates the terms of the PTI, she faces possible sentencing on the charges.
Headley, appearing on Wednesday outside the courthouse in Trenton, seemed relieved to have reached a deal, saying, “I’m just happy to be reunited with my son.”
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