A bizarre incident involving a mentally disturbed person snatching a baby from a stroller in the women’s section of 770, saw prosecutors drop the most serious charge – a felony – against the accused perpetrator.
The incident occurred back in October of 2017, where a 1-year-old baby boy was in a stroller in the women’s sections of 770 Eastern Parkway – the Lubavitch World Headquarters, and his 26-year-old mother left him briefly to go to the bathroom.
Upon returning she discovered that her child was missing. Quickly, she ran out onto the balcony and began screaming.
Police officers stationed at the nearby mobile command center heard the commotion and walked over. After hearing from the young mother – who is visiting from France – they began searching for the woman with the baby.
A short while later police located a 27-year-old Jewish woman nearby holding the baby. She was immediately arrested and was later released without bail at her arraignment the following day, because she couldn’t be held any longer without there being an indictment.
The Daily News has reported that prosecutors have now dismissed the most serious and sole felony charge after baby’s mother did not return from France to testify in a grand jury – which is impaneled to decide if the felony charges in a criminal complaint should stick.
“We are pleased the district attorney’s office was able to reduce the charges,” said Matthew Gartenberg, the lawyer for the accused, outside of Brooklyn Supreme Court. She still faces up to a year in jail on charges of unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.