Boston Police have arrested Troy Robinson, 29, and charged him with Kidnapping his 2 year old nephew, who had been missing with him since Tuesday morning. The child was located by Boston Police yesterday in Dorchester, Massachusetts, after receiving anonymous tips. The child was taken to a local Boston Hospital for evaluation, but it appeared to Boston Police that he was in good condition.
Troy Robinson, also known as James Braxton or Troy Allen, was asked to babysit the boy on Tuesday morning. The child’s mother reported that she received a voicemail from Robinson on Tuesday evening, where he said he was running late. The child was then reported missing after he failed to return the child and his whereabouts with the child were unknown since that time. Boston Police indicated that Troy Robinson also had an outstanding Arrest Warrant for an unrelated criminal charge.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 26A is the criminal statute that provides for the punishment for the offense of Kidnapping of A Minor by a Relative. If convicted, Troy Robinson could be sentenced to the Massachusetts House of Corrections for up to 1 year and fined $1000.
If the Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, however, discover evidence that the child was taken outside of Massachusetts and the child’s safety was endangered, he could face increased penalties of up to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
The criminal statute of Kidnapping by a Relative differs from the traditional Kidnapping Statute, as defined in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 26. Under that statute, the potential penalty is incarceration to state prison for up to 10 years and a fine up to $1,000.
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