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SEPTA Rider: Couple With Toddler Seemed "Out Of It" On Train

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Camera-phone video captured a disturbing scene aboard a SEPTA subway train. The video shows a shoeless toddler in a stroller and witnesses say the adults with her seem to be "out of it." 

The couple was on a train on the Market-Frankford Line on Sunday morning.

Now, SEPTA Police are looking for the adults and that toddler to make sure they're okay.

A passenger sent FOX 29 the video. According to the woman who shot it, the pictures tell only part of the story. She says it was clear the man and woman with the small child were in no condition to care for her.

The woman who shot the video asked FOX 29 not to use her name or show her face.

"I just felt like I had to get it on video. Someone needs to see this, this is so sad, like, this is awful," she said.

Our amateur videographer says she got on the Market-Frankford Line at the Girard Stop around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and immediately noticed the couple and the toddler with them.

The woman says the man seemed to be wearing hospital bracelets and that sweat was dripping from his beard.

"He had an entire puddle underneath him," she said.

The woman was leaning against a seat rail nearby.

"Her eyes were rolling in the back of her head; her hands were falling all over the place,” she said. “There's a difference between 'tired' and 'impaired.' No, they were whacked on something. I just don't know what it was."

The woman calls it disturbing and she says everyone was looking at them.

Before the 8th Street stop, a fellow passenger flagged down a SEPTA worker to alert transit police.

However, another passenger warned the couple and they got off at 8th Street, avoiding cops waiting one station ahead.

"Well, they're certainly not functioning normally,” said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel.

According to Nestel, the woman in particular seemed impaired. You can see in the video she has trouble grabbing the handrail as they leave the station.

Nestel says it's not clear whether the couple was high, sick or just tired, but he's glad someone called authorities.

"It could be any number of things that are good, legitimate reasons. Let us evaluate it. We have officers who are trained to do that and we'll get help for that person, regardless of what the issue is,” he said.

When we asked the woman who taped them if she had any second thoughts, she said, "Yeah, because it's just so sad. That little girl couldn't do anything. She was just a baby."

SEPTA Police describe the man and woman as having dark hair, and the man had a beard. They appear to be in their 20s. The toddler had curly, reddish brown hair. The couple spoke English, but seemed to understand Spanish.

If you have any information, please contact SEPTA Police at 215-580-4487.

SEPTA Police want to find the trio to offer social service help if it's needed.

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