Editor’s note: Beginning around 1 a.m. on January 19, 2021 this story from a year prior was shared widely on social media, believed to be in connection to Tuesday’s Amber Alert. At this time the father arrested in this article is not a confirmed suspect in Tuesday’s Amber Alert, but is a person of interest police are looking for. Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to investigate and update these stories.
GREECE, N.Y. (WROC) — A child is safe after being taken by his father from Autumn Lane Elementary Friday morning.
Police say they received a call from Autumn Lane Elementary School on Maiden Lane around 11:40 a.m. about a student being taken from the school by the boy’s father, who didn’t have custodial rights. Officials say that parent also had a 2-year-old child with him at the time.
Authorities say the father came to the school and “forcibly” removed his son from the premises. Child Protective Services representatives say they ordered the child to remain in their custody.
Police say the school’s principal attempted to intervene before the child left the building, but the father refused to comply.
The principal and CPS representatives followed the father to the parking lot, and as the man was loading his children into the vehicle, he shoved the principal, according to police.
He then proceeded to hit the principal with his vehicle while backing out of the parking space before fleeing from the scene, according to officials, who add that the principal was not injured.
Police located the father and children in the City of Rochester. The children were unharmed and the father is in custody.—-
The Greece Police Department identified the father as 25-year-old Dimitri Cash of Rochester.
Cash is charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child – A Misdemeanor, two counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd degree – A Misdemeanor, one count of Custodial Interference 2nd degree – A Misdemeanor, one count of Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree – A Misdemeanor, and one count of Harassment 2nd degree – Violation.
Cash was arraigned at the Greece Justice Court on Friday night and was released without bail.
Police said that throughout he incident, no other children were in danger or involved.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it’s important for schools to be involved in situations like this one, and to know who is allowed to pick up children.
“Unfortunately, those circumstances are tough especially if it’s thought that the child may be in danger. It’s important to have those tough conversations with them and letting the school know who can and can’t pick them up from school,” Debra Ortiz-Pardi with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said.