Mumbai, August 24: A mother is accused of abandoning her own child with an elderly abductor. After leaving her five-year-old daughter in the care of an elderly acquaintance, who later reportedly abducted and sexually assaulted the youngster, a 30-year-old woman was detained on Wednesday, according to New York police.

Franz Vila, 75, was first introduced to Kimberly Pijuan, a Queens, New York resident, a few months ago. Vila and Pijuan reconnected on Tuesday while Pijuan was shopping with her kid at a Jackson Heights Foodtown. She consented to let Vila accompany her daughter to a neighbourhood playground while she carried on with her shopping. Australia Shocker: Former Childcare Worker in Gold Coast Charged With 1,623 Sex Abuse Offences Against 91 Children Within Country and Abroad.

Vila and Pijuan were not at the playground when Pijuan returned to pick up her kid. Around 1:00 PM, Pijuan called the police to report her daughter missing. As they actively looked for the child, who was last seen wearing a pink flowery dress, the NYPD distributed a picture of her.

Bystanders who had seen the news stories noticed a girl who matched the description close to the Roosevelt Avenue tube stop. They informed the authorities, who located Vila and saved the victim. Investigators were informed by the five-year-old that Vila had sexually molested her.

Vila was seen returning with the girl to his Upper East Side flat at approximately 12:30 p.m. He was taken into custody and accused of kidnapping, sexual assault, wrongful confinement, and endangering children. Due to Pijuan leaving her kid with Vila, she was also detained and charged with child endangerment. Meerut Sexual Abuse Case: Non-Bailable Warrant Issued Against UP BJP Leader Arvind Gupta Marwari.

Pijuan and Vila reportedly met a few months ago, according to law enforcement officials. As of Wednesday night, the two suspects were still in custody. Although the lost child was found, the terrible incident serves as a warning about the risks associated with leaving young children with unfamiliar people.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 24, 2023 11:08 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website