A 52-year-old homeless woman has been accused of a serious crime following the alleged theft of a vehicle, according to local sources. New York police have reported the woman is in custody after she allegedly stole a car with a 2-year-old child in the back seat. It is unclear whether she has been assigned or sought out criminal defense counsel at this time.
According to the limited report, a woman parked her vehicle with her 2-year-old daughter inside at a corner in East New York while she ran into a store. She also apparently left the keys in the vehicle and the door open. At this point, the 52-year-old woman is believed to have entered the vehicle and tried to abscond with it. She apparently struck a 36-year-old man on a bicycle, who has been hospitalized with minor injuries, before crashing into several parked cars.
The woman, who is described as emotionally disturbed, apparently tried to flee the scene on foot but was held by witnesses until police arrived. She now faces charges including grand larceny, reckless endangerment and kidnapping. No court date has been announced for her to face these charges.
The plight of the homeless, especially those with mental and emotional challenges, cannot be overstated by anyone living in New York City. While her dire living situation cannot be considered an excuse for allegedly committing a crime, her criminal defense representation may choose to highlight her challenges as potential factors in her decision. It may be possible to negotiate a plea bargain on this basis, which would happen prior to the beginning of a criminal trial.