Kings Park Man Who Abandoned Son in Car Sentenced

Paul Lucente, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child on Tuesday.


A Kings Park man who was sentenced to 3 years probation on Tuesday, according to a report on Newsday.

According to the report, Paul Lucente, 30, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in First District Court in Central Islip. Lucente spent 45 days in jail following his April 23 arrest and was credited with time served.

Lucente was a passenger in a car driven by Benjamin Laudonio, 26, of Stony Brook, when he crossed over the center divider line on Route 25 in Smithtown on April 23. When Laudonio was pulled over by Suffolk County Police,  Lucente fled the scene, leaving his child behind the back seat of the car. An investigation revealed that Laudonio was under the influence of drugs, police said. 

According to police, heroin was found in the car.

Lucente later turned himself in, contacting police from his home and was arrested.

The judge was quoted in the story as calling the crime “disturbing”. Lucente’s lawyer, Thomas Zawyrucha, said in the article that his client had cleaned up his act since the incident.

"He's not the same person he was," Zawyrucha said.

To read the full story on Newsday, click here. (Subscription required)

new guy August 08, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I hope he can stay clean. It's all too common these days. The kids are the innocent victims here.
CJ August 09, 2012 at 02:45 AM
kpinthetruth August 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Whole group ain't nothing but trouble, poor gf is never gona be the same after the accident, and that's how you take care of YOUR kids. Move down south somewhere, anywhere..
KPMOM November 21, 2012 at 09:26 PM
What's moving down south gonna do
KPMOM November 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
We're all so quick to call these people trash and bash them what about hoping they find the help they desparetly need if we read a little deeper into the stories that follow this man we should have some compassion he watched the mother of his 2 children get hit by a car that young woman will never be the same , I in no way agree with what this young man did but as a human being my heart breaks for him and his family ! It's the holiday season lets all try and show some compassion . I pray this young man can find his way back to living a normal healthy and happy life for himself and his children


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