A young man from Passaic County, New Jersey is currently facing charges for kidnapping, child endangerment, and contempt of court, after allegedly kidnapping his son earlier this week.
19-year-old Tomas Quiles is accused of abducting his 1-year-old son Tyrus, on Monday, December 16th at approximately 2 p.m. on Lexington Avenue in Passaic. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, Quiles absconded with the victim after stealing him from his mother, who had recently filed arestraining order against Quiles.
The New Jersey State Police subsequently put a statewide Amber Alert into effect, prompting a search for the young boy and his kidnapper. Reports indicate that Quiles might have sent a text message about killing himself after the abduction occurred.
Kidnapping is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 and is typically classified as a crime of the first degree. However, according to the statute:
If the actor releases the victim unharmed and in a safe place prior to apprehension, it is a crime of the second degree, punishable by between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with 85% to be served under the No Early Release Act.
In this case, because authorities found Tyrus unharmed later that day, Quiles can expect to be charged with second-degree kidnapping.
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