Not Worth the Jail TimeBut that's not the only crazy in this kidnapping and junk food story out of Staten Island. In fact, you should grab a cup of coffee and kick back to dissect this big ball of nutcase that started on Valentine's Day and ended up in Brooklyn the next day.
While the 29-year-old father in this story hasn't been identified, his 16-year-old lover, Aliyah Austin, has. Yes, that's right. A statutory rapist and a kidnapper are dating. It's Valentine's Day and the kidnapper (in fairness, at this point she's not actually a kidnapper) takes the last Hot Pocket. That sounds like a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, right? The statutory rapist decides to smack the (future) kidnapper over the incident, and the 16-year-old is, understandably, pissed off.
Now here's where the 16-year-old makes her first mistake. (Or third, if you want to count dating a 29-year-old and thinking of a Hot Pocket as food.)
Austin waits until the next evening, when her statutory rapist goes to work, and kidnaps his 3-year-old daughter. She hops the Staten Island Ferry as the little girl wails, "I want my daddy!" and proceeds to send taunting Facebook and text messages to the father.
It's at this point where I feel like this sounds like a typical 16-year-old. The taunting Facebook messages before she de-friends the 29-year-old scumbag -- not the grabbing an innocent toddler and terrorizing her with a ride across the river and a trip to Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Which, incidentally, was where the girl and the toddler were found after police tracked her cell phone.
Austin was charged with kidnapping and acting in a manner injurious to a child, and the little girl was returned to her home where surely a Hot Pocket and violent father were waiting.
Now, what is the worst part of this story?
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