BROOKLYN, NY (VINnews) – A prominent Brooklyn Chabad rabbi got himself into trouble Sunday after cops stumbled upon three of his unaccompanied children on their way to a nearby bodega, The NY Daily News reports.
According to the story, Rabbi Noah Chakoff of Chabad Of Dumbo was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child after NYPD officers returned the three children — 11, 8, and a 2 year old in a stroller — from the deli at Jay St. and Front St. just a few blocks away from the family’s Dumbo home around 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
Defense attorney Jason Goldman representing Rabbi Chakoff, called the arrest disturbing, “given the pandemic are we really using our resources and first responders to process someone like this, requiring officers to attend to him for hours and hours when they could be doing something else related to the pandemic?” this is concerning and disturbing. said Goldman.
According to Goldman, Brooklyn prosecutors declined to prosecute the case, and Chakoff was released before seeing a judge with the charges dropped.