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The little girl wandered alone into this Central Avenue supermarket.
By Forum Staff
A daycare worker who allegedly dropped a 5-year-old girl off on the street in front of her residence earlier this week has been charged with child endangerment for abandoning the little girl, who was found a tenth of a mile away in a Far Rockaway supermarket by herself, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Trimeka Crum, 35, of Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, was arraigned last night on a criminal complaint charging her with endangering the welfare of a child. Crum, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, was released on her own recognizance and a full order of protection was issued forbidding Crum from having any contact with the child and ordered to return to court on May 8.
According to the criminal charges, the 5-year-old victim’s mother had an arrangement with Crum, a day care provider to whom she had been sending her daughter to since approximately November 2016, that required Crum when dropping off the child at the end of the day to either accompany the child upstairs to her apartment and transfer custody of the child to one of her older siblings or to call the mother or one of the siblings to come downstairs and accompany the child upstairs.
According to the criminal charges, Crum admitted that she dropped the child off at the front door outside the building every day. Crum further allegedly admitted that she dropped the child off in front of the house sometime between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, that she saw the child walk into the building and that, after waiting for two minutes and the child did not come out, she left.
Shortly thereafter, police responded to a radio run for an unattended child at a supermarket on Central Avenue approximately a tenth of a mile from the child’s home, which required the child to cross an avenue.