HCPO: Authorities arrest woman wanted for heinous Hudson child abuse

Shaqwana Baker

A woman the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said was wanted in connection to a heinous child-abuse case — a story we brought to you last week — has been captured, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, members of the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and the New York City Police Department arrested Shaqwana Baker, 21, for her involvement in a child abuse case that gravely injured her 3-year-old daughter.

Baker was arrested at approximately 11:55 a.m. in the area of West 37th Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan.

She and her boyfriend, Edward Smith, 29, of Far Rockaway, New York, are both charged with aggravated assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, the NYPD was notified by NYU Langone Hospital that Baker brought her 3-year-old daughter to the facility with life-threatening injuries. The child was later transported to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bellevue Hospital, where she continues to receive medical treatment. An investigation by the NYPD and HCPO Special Victims Unit determined the 3-year-old girl was the victim of child abuse and was injured while staying at a North Bergen motel with Baker and Smith.

Her injuries are expected to be permanent and life-altering.

Smith was arrested Feb. 24, 2022 at the Hudson County Correctional Facility, where he was being held pending a detention hearing on additional criminal charges.

Judge Paul M. DePascale granted the state’s motion for detention on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Baker is currently in custody in New York where she awaits extradition to Hudson County.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office SVU, the NYPD and the United States Marshals Service with the investigation and arrest.

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