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Homeless Queens woman sentenced for 2010 Astoria Park beating, strangulation


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A 33-year-old homeless woman has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for her role in the 2010 fatal beating and strangulation of a 32-year-old man in Astoria Park, according to the Queens district attorney.

Kelly Harnett, whose last known address was in Astoria, was convicted of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and sentenced on Thursday at the Queens Supreme Court.

“The defendant, along with a male co-defendant, brutally attacked a 32-year-old man in the park. The victim was robbed of his wallet and viciously beaten and choked to death,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “This willful act of violence warranted a lengthy prison term.”

According to Brown, on July 7, 2010, at about 4 a.m. Harnett, together with Thomas Donovan, attacked the victim, Ruben Angel Vargas, by choking him manually and also with a shoelace from Harnett’s sneaker. Vargas was then kicked repeatedly in the head and torso and his wallet was taken while he lay motionless on the ground.

Donovan pleaded guilty in 2010 to first-degree manslaughter and is currently serving 15 years in prison.

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Another Queens parent arrested for fleeing with infant


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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.