Wednesday, July 18, 2007
4 year-old Boro Park Girl Abducted, Molested
By PHILIP MESSING
July 18, 2007 -- A mysterious predator snatched an unattended 4-year-old Hasidic girl outside her Brooklyn home, forced her into his car and sexually abused her before dumping her off to wander the streets alone, cops and neighbors said yesterday.
The little girl was finally discovered walking 10 blocks from her Borough Park home at about 9 p.m. Monday, more than two hours after her frantic parents reported her missing to the local Jewish security patrol, Shomrim.
Shomrim's NYPD liaison officer, Yanky Daskal, said the child had been playing with her 9-year-old sister in front of their house at about 7 p.m. when the older girl left her to hang out with other kids.
The victim said she was sitting on her steps when a white man in a black car pulled up, started talking to her, then forced her into the vehicle, Daskal said.
After taking her to an unknown location, the kidnapper exposed himself and forcibly touched the girl, Daskal said.
A pair of elderly sisters-in-law eventually found the frightened child wandering near the intersection of 16th Avenue and 61st Street at about 8 p.m.
"They were sitting outside their home and this girl walked up the block," said Lillie Ann Appel, the daughter of one of the women.
"My aunt approached her and asked if she was lost. She said yes and said that she had no panties because the man threw them out of the car."
The women, 84-year-old Josie Paterna and 78-year-old Anne Paterna, soothed the girl and tried to find out her address before deciding to call police.
"As a parent and as a grandparent, you don't want to hear that a 4-year-old experienced something like that," said Appel. "It's just an unfortunate thing."
Additional reporting by Leonardo Blair