2017-03-17 / Business News

Local Business Owners Help Abandoned Girl

By Gail Johnson

After a five-year-old girl’s daycare provider allegedly left her outside her home by herself on Wednesday, March 8, a pair of brothers, who own local supermarket Three Brothers Meat Market on Central Avenue, came to her rescue.

According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the daycare worker, Trimeka V. Crum, 35, of Mott Avenue, was charged with child endangerment for abandoning the little girl – later found in Three Brothers Supermarket after owners Carlos Cruz and Victor Cruz called the police.

"She walked into the store and said 'I'm hungry,’” Carlos told The Wave. “The cashier asked her 'where is your mother?' And the little girl said ‘Jamaica [West Indies].’"

Carlos explained that the cashier let her sit next to her and gave her a snack. The girl later said, "I am by myself with my aunt."

The brothers reviewed surveillance footage and saw that the girl entered the store alone. After about 25 minutes, when no one came to claim the child, Victor called the police. According to the brothers’ account, the girl’s aunt was at the precinct reporting a missing person while they were making the call to police.

The girl and her aunt – frequent patrons of the store, according to Carlos – were reunited shortly after and Crum, hired by the girl’s mother sometime around November, 2016, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The 35-year-old faces up to one year in prison if convicted, according to the Queens DA.

Carlos said that the five-year-old was familiar with the supermarket as a place where she might have felt safe and “knew she could go to and receive food.”

Additional reporting contributed by Anna Spivak

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