A felony charge was dropped Wednesday against a mentally ill woman arrested for snatching a baby girl from her stroller at a Brooklyn religious center, the Daily News has learned.
More than three months after Chana Alexander was arrested for abducting Maeva Taieb’s year-old daughter, Sheina, from a Chabad-Lubavitch center on Eastern Pkwy., prosecutors decided to drop the top charge of second-degree kidnapping.
In felony cases, a grand jury is impaneled to decide if the charges in a criminal complaint should stick, get reduced or upgraded. In Alexander’s case, Taieb, whose family lives in France, has not returned to Brooklyn to testify, and the panel called on prosecutors to dismiss the sole felony charge.
“We are pleased the district attorney’s office was able to reduce the charges,” Alexander’s lawyer, Matthew Gartenberg, said outside of Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Schizophrenic woman busted trying to steal baby from stroller
Alexander, 28, now faces up to a year in jail on charges of unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.
In the October 2017 case, Taieb had left little Sheina in her stroller in a hallway while she went to the restroom, and Alexander, who suffers from schizophrenia, snatched her. They were found 15 minutes later at another location, authorities said.
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