New York City, NY (The New York Post) – Police have located an autistic Brooklyn boy who was kidnapped by his babysitter over the weekend.
Six-year-old Devin Monroe was found Monday morning and is said to be in good health while his 39-year-old sitter, identified as Emmanuel Kolajo, was taken into police custody for questioning.
The NYPD had been searching for the boy since receiving a call from his frantic mother on Sunday afternoon after she couldn’t reach Kolajo.
The boy’s mom, identified as Dorothy Johnson, 38, told police she left Devin — who is non-verbal — in Kolajo’s care after meeting up with him in front of her mother’s home on Madison St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 6 a.m. Saturday.
She also allowed Kolajo to borrow her car — a 2002 Hyundai Elantra — which also went missing, police said.
Johnson then went shopping at a Pennsylvania outlet mall for the day. When she returned to the city late Saturday night, she called Kolajo, who explained that the boy was sleeping at his Rockaway Parkway home in Canarsie, and suggested she pick him up on Sunday morning.
Johnson grew worried when she couldn’t reach Kolajo on Sunday and called police, who set out looking for the boy, the babysitter and her car.
Police located surveillance video that showed Kolajo buying a snack from a Bedford-Stuyvesant deli on Van Buren St. near Marcus Garvey Blvd. around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Devin was not with him at the time, police said.
Police located both of them Monday morning.
Devin, who lives with his mother at a shelter in Sheepshead Bay, was not harmed, officials said.
Charges against are pending against Kolajo, who is currently being questioned by police.