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Police release mom who had baby ripped from her arms by officers in outrage-stirring video


NEW YORK (AP) — A mother who was violently separated from her toddler son by New York police in a videotaped encounter at a city social services office has been released from jail.

Jazmine Headley said she was happy to be free and thanked everybody for their support following her release Tuesday night.

Police rip toddler from mother's arms at benefits office

A judge had ordered her free just hours after Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said he was dropping all charges against her stemming from Friday's incident.

Headley was being held at New York City's Rikers Island jail facility on a warrant issued in a New Jersey credit card fraud case. She's due to appear in court Wednesday on that matter.

Headley was arrested in Brooklyn after a dispute with a guard in a crowded waiting room. Video showing officers yanking Headley's 18-month-old son from her arms sparked criticism of the police response.

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