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Charges Dropped Against NYC Mother Ripped from Baby in Police Confrontation

A young New York City woman whose baby was violently snatched from her during a confrontation with police last week will not face charges related to her arrest, authorities said.

In making the announcement Tuesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez also called for the immediate release of Jazmine Headley, 23, who was arrested Friday after the NYPD officers ripped her infant son from her arms inside Brooklyn’s social services building.

Headley had been initially confronted by a security guard for sitting on the floor with her son instead of standing for a long period of time. She had been waiting more than four hours to find out why her child care benefits had been turned off.

“The consequences this young and desperate mother has already suffered as a result of this arrest far outweigh any conduct that may have led to it: she and her baby have been traumatized, she was jailed on an unrelated warrant and may face additional collateral consequences,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

Headley, who had been held at Rikers Island for the past five days on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, was reunited with her son Tuesday evening.

“I’m just happy to be free,” she told reporters. “I just need to see my boy.”

Her family is considering a lawsuit against the city.

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