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L.I. mom who abandoned child in Queens had threatened to do so in the past: DA

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Posted at 12:37 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 14:36:33-04

LAURELTON, Queens — A Long Island mother accused of abandoning her 6-year-old daughter in Queens on Monday had previously threatened to do so in voicemails to the girl’s biological father, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Wednesday.

Patrice Chambers, 29, and her boyfriend Mark Pamphile, 28, both of Patchogue, are facing a slew of charges for allegedly leaving the girl to wander alone on 140th Avenue near Springfield Boulevard in Laurelton on Monday morning, according to the DA’s office.

Surveillance video captured the couple order the child out of a white vehicle near the intersection around 11:30 a.m., Katz said. A bag containing the girl’s belongings was then tossed out of the car before the pair drove off, according to the district attorney.

Video of the incident also shows the little girl running in the street picking up her clothes, Katz said.

"This mother is alleged to have abandoned her terrified youngster on a street corner with her clothes in a plastic bag and no regard for the child's safety or well-being,” the district attorney said in a statement Wednesday. “The defendant’s boyfriend allegedly participated in the crime and had complained about her 'crying like a little b---h.' Thankfully, a good Samaritan found the youngster and took her to two school safety agents."

The girl was found near the home of her biological father, per the DA’s office. She is currently in the care of child protective services.

According to the charges, Chambers had previously left voicemails for the girl’s father threatening to abandon the girl if he didn’t pay her. It wasn’t immediately clear if the payments were for child support.

Chambers, 29, and Pamphile, 28, were arraigned Tuesday on charges of child abandonment, second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. They were released on their own recognizance and are due back in court on Aug. 21.

If convicted on all of the charges, they could face up to four years in prison.