2004-11-05 / Front Page

Warrant Leads To Arrest of Kidnap Dad

By Howard Schwach


An arrest warrant issued by a Family Court Judge led to the arrest of a former Rockaway resident who allegedly kidnapped his two young daughters last week. Their mother has had legal custody of the two girls for more than a year.

Judge Salvatore Modica issued the arrest warrant on November 3 for Kenneth Lesser, 30, the father of Hailee Lesser, 2 and Kylie Lesser, 9 months old, for taking the children from their mother, Glendaly Lesser, without her permission.

“I asked their father to take care of the kids while I was in the hospital for a short stay,” Glendaly said. “He promised that he would bring them back when I was better.”

Glendaly Lesser, who is separated from Kenneth, says that she had a disagreement on the telephone with her husband on Friday, October 29.

“He hit my two-year-old to punish her and I don’t believe in that kind of discipline,” she said. “He told me that I wasn’t going to get the kids back.”

Kenneth Lesser lived on Beach 92 Street for a time and then moved to Staten Island. Glendaly Lesser and her father looked for him and believed that he had taken the children to live with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Also on Friday, Glendaly says, she went to the 100 Precinct to report the kidnapping. She had hoped that the police would put out an immediate “Amber Alert” for the two girls.

Police, however, reportedly told her that she had to prove custody before they could act.

She returned to the precinct house on Monday, November 1 with a notarized copy of her custody papers and an officer took a report.

She was reportedly told at that time that the detective who would handle the case was away until Thursday.

Her father contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the next day and was told that the local precinct had to generate the paperwork to institute a kidnapping investigation.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct and the Queens Warrant Squad reportedly arrested Lesser on Thursday morning at his Staten Island Address.

A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s office said that Lesser had yet to be charged at press time.

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