TOWN OF ADAMS, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two people were taken into custody in connection with the abduction of a child from Calcium Primary School Tuesday afternoon.
According to state police, 30 year old Katrina Seese of Greentown, Pennsylvania, saw her 5 year old son on the playground, told school officials there was a family emergency and that the child needed to leave with her.
The school told her she couldn’t just take the child and that she needed to fill out paperwork.
Police said while officials were distracted, Seese grabbed the boy and drove away.
A teacher called state police. Law enforcement officials were on the lookout for the woman’s green Toyota Corolla and the chase extended south on Route 11 to the town of Adams.
According to state police, the child lives at Fort Drum and his mother has been ordered by a court to stay away from him.
Seese drove to County Route 76, just south of the Adams Center exit of Interstate 81. Troopers said that’s where she met a man, who is apparently her boyfriend. Police said both were taken into custody.
When 7 News arrived on the scene, police had stopped a green Corolla and a gray pickup truck; both had Pennsylvania plates.
As for the child, he was recovered safely.
“We take this matter very seriously. We take our children’s safety, our staff’s safety very seriously. We’ll be reviewing the situation on our own and in terms of the full investigation and we’ll use this to improve, if needed, our safety protocols on behalf of our children and families,” said Mary Anne Dobmeier, Indian River School District superintendent.
Seese was charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree custodial interference and second-degree criminal contempt.
She was taken to the Jefferson County Public Safety Building for arraignment.