[UPDATE BELOW] Two little girls, ages 5 and 3, were found wandering on the edge of the busy Shore Parkway in Canarsie yesterday, clutching extra diapers given to them by their mother before she abandoned them. In a particularly heartbreaking exclusive, the Daily News reports that an elderly couple noticed the girls playing on the sidewalk without supervision in front of the Bay View Houses on Shore Parkway. "They were wandering up and down the sidewalk for a while, just playing by themselves," says one witness. "It’s horrible. How could you leave your own children out there? They’re babies and you just leave them out there like that?"

The older girl tells police her name is Domini and her little sister is Dioni. They don't know what neighborhood they live in, but Domini says their mother's name is Dalisha and she was driving a white car. Domini also believes their home is on East 53rd Street (in Brooklyn), and sources say she told police, "We live in a blue house with flowers in front."

The children, who showed no outward signs of physical abuse, were turned over to Administration for Children’s Services after a hospital evaluation. Police, meanwhile, spent the afternoon and evening going door-to-door in an attempt to find their mother, but so far she remains at large. (Anyone with information on the girls is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.) And just in case this story hasn't depressed you enough, take a spin through the Daily News comments on this article, which make the Gothamist comment section seem like a veritable Algonquin Round Table.

Update 9:44 a.m.: Police arrested the girls' mother late last night and identified her as Dalisha Adams, 26, of Brooklyn. She's charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, the Post reports.