A 75-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman are both facing charges in relation to the disappearance of a 5-year-old girl in Queens. The girl’s mother reported her missing after the man, who was a casual friend, took her to the park and did not return. Police launched an intense search and eventually found the girl unharmed at a subway station, just blocks away from where she was last seen. The man has been charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, and other related offenses, while the mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The incident began when the girl and her mother were at a supermarket, and a casual friend of the mother suggested taking the child to the park. The mother agreed, but by 1 p.m., the man had not returned with the girl, prompting the mother to contact the police. The search involved numerous officers and a Bloodhound trained to track scents. Thankfully, a good Samaritan spotted the girl and the man on a subway platform and alerted an officer, leading to the safe recovery of the girl.
The relationship between the man and the mother was reportedly not very close, as they had only known each other for about a month. The charges brought against them reflect the seriousness of the situation, with the man facing various felony charges related to the abduction and abuse of a minor, while the mother is charged with not properly ensuring the welfare and safety of her child.