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Brooklyn Mom Arraigned On Child Endangerment Charges After Kids Found On Street

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A woman accused of abandoning her two little girls along a Brooklyn street has been arraigned on child endangerment charges.

Dalisha Adams appeared in court Tuesday.

Her attorney, Robert Riether, said the 26-year-old mother is innocent of the charges.

Bail was set at $2,500.

She was arrested late Sunday after surrendering at a police station.

Authorities say the children, 3-year-old Dioni and 2-year-old Dominae, were found near their grandmother's building on Sunday afternoon.

Police went door-to-door at the nearest building within the Bay View Houses and didn't come across anyone who recognized the girls.

The girls had no identification, but were bundled up for the weather and were clutching several clean diapers. They knew their mother's first name but could not say where they lived.

Two good Samaritans stayed with the girls until police arrived, then they were checked over at a hospital.

Police said the girls were on the street corner for at least 20 minutes.

1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reported Monday the girls' grandmother, Bertha Davia, said it was all a misunderstanding and s asked the Administration for Children Services to place the children in her care.

Prosecutors said Adams told investigators she tried to leave the girls with their grandmother.

Adams' other child, an 8-year-old girl, told authorities that she saw Adams bring the toddlers into their grandmother's building "but couldn't see whether she went into the grandmother's apartment,'' Assistant District Attorney Jacob Uriel said.

The grandmother has said the girls were never at her home. Adams' attorney, Robert Riether, said he's investigating. He described his client as a hardworking mother with no prior criminal history. She has a full-time job as a security guard, he said.

It's not clear whether the father lived with the family. Neighbors said they often heard Adams arguing with a man believed to be her husband.

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