Woman says subway bystanders refused to help as panhandler punched her 2-year-old toddler in the face

A woman says her 2-year-old was punched repeatedly in the face by a female panhandler and she had to beg bystanders for help before the suspect escaped.

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The shocking incident unfolded on Saturday on the northbound C train at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 116th Street in Manhattan.

The 21-year-old mother of two children spoke to WCBS-TV but asked not to be identified. She said that her 2-year-old boy was sleeping on her lap when the panhandler began asking passengers for money. When the panhandler got too close to the woman and her toddler, the boy’s mother asked her to keep to the social distancing guidelines.

“Ma’am, can you please stay 6 feet away?” the mother recalls saying. “Please back off.”

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