NY Police Handcuff 7-year-old Boy for Hours

NEW YORK (WPIX) — New York police are taking some heat for handcuffing a seven-year-old boy for several hours.

A bombshell six-page Notice of Claim was filed on Monday by Wilson Reyes and his mother, Frances, seeking $250 million dollars for what they say was verbal, physical, and emotional abuse — amid a laundry list of other allegations.

So, why was the 7-year-old in cuffs? Officials and cops believed he was a thief, according to the lawsuit.

Reyes allegedly punched another kid in the face and robbed him of $5 a few days before the December 4 arrest.

boy-cuffsOnce implicated, he was pulled out of his third-grade class room and allegedly falsely imprisoned for 10 hours in cuffs at school and the 44th precinct.

He was even charged as an adult and provided with an appearance ticket. Ultimately, no charges were filed.

On Wednesday, KTLA’s sister station WPIX went to the boy’s house where his mother said that “she couldn’t comment,” but added that her son was “doing fine, thank you.”

Reyes reportedly continues to attend school and maintain a normal schedule. The lawsuit states that he suffered multiple bodily and psychological injuries.

“Mami, Mami, Mami…” said Wanda Matos as she recreated the boys reaction when he finally was able to speak with his mother.

Aside from being friends with Reyes’ mother, she also picks him up at school and looks after him daily.

Matos was adamant that the Reyes has never had any kind of issues in the past and his arrest was a complete “abuso,” — Spanish for abuse.

The Notice of Claim serves as essentially a warning to the City and the NYPD that a $250-billion dollar lawsuit may be on the horizon.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne issued the following statement to WPIX:

“While the lawyer’s claims are grossly untrue in many respects, including fabrication as to how long the child was held, the matter is nonetheless being reviewed by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.”

4 comments

  • Thomas

    Yeah… Hate to be the one to say it , but he probably deserved whatever he got and the mother is just using the situation to get a cash.

  • Ingrid

    He deserves it. No different than a 30 year old beating up and old woman and taking her purse. As a learning facilitator , sadly, this is what some kids need. Maybe this way they choose another path than the one they’re going down on. As for the mother this is clearly just a situation which she just wants to get money. Typical Hispanic. Putting the harder working Hispanics to shame. If there is anyone who should be suing is the family of the kid THE ARRESTED kid has bullied. 😡

  • Anonymouse

    Kid learned his lesson parents are just money hungry. I’d expect if she did win her lawsuit for a over the top number of 250 million shed just take the money and move back to Mexico. It’s sad how badly our country is being taken advantage of.

  • Emily Alder

    I live in Greenbrier County in West Virginia. We had a similar situation happen to our son in December
    2010 at school. He has ADHD/ Asperger's Syndrome and forgot his belt. His anxiety kicked in High gear and he had a meltdown. They told him that they called me to bring his belt to school. then he found out they never called me. He became irate and was put in a so called "saferoom" which was a teacher's closet with no windows and no window in a solid wooden door for 5 1/2 hrs. He was in there by himself. He wasn't allowed lunch (food is a major sensory issue for him). When he was allowed out, he eloped and was put back in the room. His behavior got out of hand and the school's PRO officer took him in handcuffs off of the school property and to a mental health facility. The principal committed him to a psychiatric hospital. We were not allowed in the mental hygiene hearing, only the principal. It costs us a $1,000.00 plus per day for him to be at the hospital. The doctor said that could have avoided all of this if they had just called me to bring his belt!!! Let us know what legal counsel is representing these parents, please? Thankyou for your time!

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