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Family saves 7-year-old dragged from bed in Queens attempted kidnapping, officials say

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 14:30:13-04

FLUSHING — A Long Island man who dragged a 7-year-old girl from her bed and out the front door of her Queens home earlier this week has been charged with attempted kidnapping, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said on Wednesday.

Pete Haughton, 32, is accused of breaking into the home on Lawrence Street in Flushing and trying to kidnap the girl on Monday around 7 a.m.

He was able to drag the girl to the front door and pushed her down a short flight of stairs outside while she screamed for help, according to the district attorney’s office.

Several family members heard her cries for help and were able to stop the kidnapping, according to Katz.

Haughton ran from the home but was arrested by police a few blocks away, per the district attorney’s office.

“This is a parent’s worst nightmare. The defendant allegedly illegally entered the family’s home and grabbed the girl as she slept in her bed,” Katz said in a statement Wednesday. “If not for her loved ones hearing her screams and acting to save her, this could have had a truly tragic outcome. The defendant was quickly apprehended and the girl is safe with her family.”

Haughton, of Brentwood, was arraigned on Tuesday and charged with burglary, attempted kidnapping, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held without bail and a psychiatric evaluation was ordered.

Haughton is due back in court on July 23.

If he’s convicted, Haughton could face up to 25 years in prison.