NEW YORK - (AP) - Police have arrested the father of a baby who captured the hearts of New Yorkers when she was abandoned two years ago.

Police said 29-year-old Carlos Cardenas is charged with statutory rape of the baby's mother, who was 14 at the time. The name of his attorney was not immediately on record Friday.

The case grabbed headlines in February, 2008, when a livery cab driver left the baby, Daniella, at a Queens firehouse.

The driver initially was praised after telling authorities she'd been abandoned in his cab. Police later concluded that he made up the tale to help get rid of the baby.

Police said the father fled, but recently resurfaced in New York.