A 2-year-old boy was slugged in the face on a Manhattan subway train when his mom got into an argument with a stranger Saturday — the latest in a recent spike of city transit violence, police said.
The toddler was with his mother on a northbound C train at Douglas Boulevard and West 116th Street in Manhattan shortly after 3 p.m. when he was punched by the unidentified female straphanger, cops said.
The suspect had gotten into a dispute with the boy’s 20-year-old mother — possibly over a “brushing of shoulders” — and struck the child while aiming for the mom, authorities said.
The attacker, described as in her 40s, fled when the train reached the station, police said.
The child was taken to Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital for treatment, police sources said.
The incident was just one in a slew of troubling recent train crimes, including a horrific random slashing spree on the A line earlier this month that left two people dead and two others wounded.
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