Boy Abandoned By Dad Fleeing Cops in Grandparent's Care

Orlando Catapano, of Kings Park, picked the child up yesterday after being contacted by police.

The four-year old child who was abandoned in a car on Monday as his father fled police is in the care of his grandfather.

Orlando Catapano, of Kings Park, the boy’s maternal grandfather, picked him up after someone who knew the family contacted police, according to a report on Newsday.

Police said Paul Lucente, 30 of Kings Park, the father of the boy, was a passenger in a car driven by Benjamin Laudonio, 26, of Stony Brook, . When Laudonio was pulled over by an officer,  Lucente fled the scene with his child still in the back seat. An investigation revealed that Laudonio was under the influence of drugs, police said. 

Lucente was later found by police and arrested on endangering the welfare of a child and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.

According to police, heroin was found in the car.

According to the report, the boy was taken back to his grandparents’ house where he played, but also spent some time crying.

“He saw his father run away from police, and he was crying but he wouldn’t let anybody know that,” Catapano is quoted as saying in the Newsday article.

The boy’s mother, Friends reported in January that. A bake sale was held for Williams that same month, to help fray medical and child care costs.

Arraignment for the two men will be on Tuesday at First District Court in Islip. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call 854-8452.

Click here to read the full report on Newsday (subscription required).

George May 08, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Can someone please tell me why the patch never follows the outcome of these cases. I know their is alot of work behind it but the public would like to know who gets convicted and who is innocent. I'm curious how Ben Laudonio gets ROR on the Felony Indictment. I'm glad he is still in jail because of the misdemeanor charges but I can't believe he has not been indicted.
Jennifer Sloat June 22, 2012 at 01:44 AM
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KpNibbler June 22, 2012 at 01:46 AM
If this is your best writing skills, looks like you'll be doing my yard work....LOL!! Get a clue, get a education and get a job.... If you really think that someone who gets cancer, through no fault of their own, is the same as a worthless crack addict who can't handle life, then I pity you... Go do some more meth...your worthless and so is your opinion....
Sean January 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Ive known Paul Lucente as a friend after this incident and had no idea of the tragedy hes faced as a person sorting through his own demons(those we all experience)((and those some of us are lucky enough not too)) he is a more of a man and kind spirit than i've met in a long while, I can say that what took place doesnt have the ugly face that you muckrakers would like to believe, he is a caring father, son, brother and friend that you patchreaders would be lucky to meet and possibly offer a chance to. Good people respect good people, not slanderous new stories. Much luck Paul and family.
Sean January 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM


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