Babysitter Believed to Have Kidnapped 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy in Brooklyn, NY: Report

Devin Monroe, a 6-year-old autistic boy who went missing in New York City (Deputy Commissioner Public Information, NYPD)

Updated Monday Nov. 6, 2017, 8:50 a.m. EST: Devin Monroe, a 6-year-old autistic boy from Brooklyn, N.Y, has been found safe and unharmed, authorities say.

WPIX-TV reports that both he and his babysitter, Emmanuel Kolajo, who officials say is believed to have kidnapped the boy, were found Monday morning after they disappeared over the weekend.


The boy is currently being evaluated at a local hospital. Kolajo is currently in police custody and is being questioned.


New York City police are looking for a 6-year-old Brooklyn boy who they say went missing this weekend with his babysitter. At this point, officials say they believe that the babysitter, 39-year-old Emmanuel Kolajo, kidnapped the child, the New York Daily News reports.


The Daily News identifies the boy’s mother as Dorothy Johnson. Johnson left her son, Devin Monroe, with Kolajo—described as a friend of Johnson’s—early Saturday morning before taking a trip to Pennsylvania for the day. Johnson also left her car, a black 2002 Hyundai Elantra, with Kolajo.

Emmanuel Kolajo, Devin Monroe’s babysitter (Deputy Commissioner Public Information, NYPD)

According to police sources, when Johnson returned late that evening, Kolajo directed her to her car and told her to come back for Devin in the morning, since the boy was asleep. When Johnson came back the next day to pick up her son, neither he, Kolajo nor her car could be found.

Police are asking people with any information about Devin or Kolajo to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. Devin Monroe is 3 feet 1 inch tall and was last believed to be wearing a burgundy hooded sweatshirt, a gray vest, blue pants and blue sneakers. Kolajo is 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds. Kolajo was last seen wearing a black wig, a black jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.


Read more at the New York Daily News.

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