DA Katz blasted the mother for abandoning “her terrified youngster on a street corner with her clothes ina plastic bag and no regard for the child’s safety or well-being.”
By Forum Staff
A Patchogue woman and her boyfriend have beencharged with leaving her 6-year-old daughter alone on a busy Laurelton street, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Wednesday.
Patrice Chambers, 29, and Mark Pamphile, 28, were arraigned Tuesday nighton a complaintcharging them with abandonment of a child, second-degree reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child. The pair wasreleased on their own recognizance, and ordered Chambers and
Pamphile to return to court on Aug. 21.
According to the charges, justbefore 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, Chambers, withPamphile in the passenger seat, stopped her white vehicle near theintersection of 140th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard and ordered herlittle girl out of the car. The child’s belongings in plastic bagswere thrown out of the car and the mother allegedly left the youngsterthere. Chambers’ white vehicle was observed on video surveillancestopped at that intersection and the girl can be seen exiting the carand the bags tossed out. The video images allegedly show the womandriving away and the little girl running in the street picking up herclothes.
According to the complaint, the girl was foundnot too far from where her biological father lives. Pamphileallegedly had previously left voicemail messages on the victim’sdad’s phone threatening to abandon the girl if he didn’t pay Chambers and Pamphile. He also allegedly stated in a previous message that thegirl now had no place to sleep and that “she was crying like a littleb*tch.”
According to the charges, the child was found by aneyewitness shortly after the car left the neighborhood. The strangertook the girl to School Safety agents in a nearby park, who notified
police. The child is now in the custody of child protective services, Katz noted.
“This mother is alleged to haveabandoned her terrified youngster on a street corner with her clothes in
a plastic bag and no regard for the child’s safety or well-being. Thedefendant’s boyfriend allegedly participated in the crime and hadcomplained about her ‘crying like a little b*tch.’ Thankfully, a
good Samaritan found the youngster and took her to two School Safety agents,” Katz added.
If convicted, Chambers and Pamphile face up to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.