Missing child with autism found safe, babysitter in custody: NYPD

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Emmanuel Kolajo, left, and Devin Monroe. (DCPI)

BROOKLYN — A child with autism reported missing by his mother Sunday has been found safe, police say.

The 38-year-old Brooklyn mom told police she left her 6-year-old son, Devin Monroe, in the care of her 39-year-old friend Emmanuel Kolajo, on Saturday. When she went to pick him up, they were both gone.

Police say the pair were last seen around 6 a.m. Saturday, leaving 717 Madison Street inside of the victim’s car, a black 2002 Hyundai Elantra, which the friend was allowed to borrow while babysitting.

Both the suspect and the child were found Monday. The child was unharmed and being evaluated at the hospital. The suspect was take into police custody and is being questioned.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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