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Another Queens parent arrested for fleeing with infant

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Minutes before another Queens parent was caught for allegedly kidnapping her infant, another suspect fled with his one-year-old, police said.

Just after 8 p.m. Alexis Torres, 30, allegedly got into an argument with his wife before assaulting her and fleeing with their child, according to authorities.

The responding officers attempted to track the suspect through the Find My iPhone application. After repeated attempts, the Sergeant Peter Cassiere was finally able to track the suspect and proceeded to pursue the suspect into Manhattan where he was detained at 9:15 p.m., police said.

The officers realized that the one-year-old girl had not been changed or fed and bought diapers and baby food from a local CVS. Officer Maritza Mendez then changed and fed the child.

The child was then transported to Wyckoff Hospital for evaluation.

Torres, a Department Of Education employee, has been charged with assault, strangulation and endangering the welfare of a child.


[Update] Mother who allegedly snatched infant daughter charged with kidnapping

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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After an eight hour search, police found and arrested the woman who allegedly kidnapped her baby from a Queens hospital. The baby was found safe.

Police said Leila Rajnarie took her 8-month-old daughter, Nevita Jagdeo, from Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center at approximately noon on Wednesday, March 14 while the infant was there with her foster mother. Rajnarie had accompanied them on the visit. She took the child while the foster mother and doctor were speaking in another room, police said.

Officers in the Patrol Bureau Queens South Task Force saw a woman fitting the description of the suspect in a livery cab in South Richmond Hill and pulled the vehicle over at approximately 8:40 p.m., police said.

After positive identification of the suspect and infant, Rajnarie was taken into custody and the baby was taken to a local hospital.

Rajnarie has been charged with kidnapping, custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.