Saturday, June 17, 2006


Thirsteen year-old Tatiana Morales was accused of taking the child on Saturday from Zeus Tattoos, a tattoo parlor owned by the boy’s father, where she often hung out, police said. She was obsessed with the child and longed for a baby of her own, the tot's relatives and her friend said yesterday.

Two witnesses spotted the pair on a street in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn and called police, who picked them up at around 2 a.m. Monday, authorities said. Photographs of the girl and the little boy had been disseminated by the news media.

Police had been looking for Tatiana after employees of Zeus Tattoos said she had lured the tot outside on Saturday even though his father had made clear he didn’t want her to take him.

The boy’s father, Luis Aponte, called police at 5 p.m., three hours after the abduction. He had been hoping that the girl would come back with his son.

Two weeks earlier the teenager, who often played with the little boy, had taken him to a nearby candy store with his father’s permission and had returned promptly, Zeus Tattoos employees said.

Zeus Aponte, the boy’s uncle, said he once overheard Tatiana tell the boy, “I’m your mommy.” The 13-year-old, who had been a straight-A middle school student, recently got a tattoo from the boy’s father after showing him false identification that she was 19, authorities said.
[from the New York Daily News]

I get this feeling we'll see this as the basis for a storyline "ripped from the headlines" on 'Law & Order' next season. And it sounds like the kind of story in which we'll see Dr. Olivet make a return visit to the show.


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