The family of a man who may have played a part in the abduction of two young children says that he has been fighting for his children for years. Police, however, are concerned for the children’s welfare after they were violently taken from a home.
CNY Central reports that the family of Dimitri Cash Sr. said there’s more to the story than what’s being told. According to the family, Dimitri Cash Sr. has reportedly been fighting to get his children back for years, although it remains unclear if he actually participated in their most recent abduction.
Two tall mask-wearing men reportedly grabbed the children and fled. Both men were dressed identical, police said, wearing flannel shirts, khaki pants, black ski masks and black ski hats. Both stood around 6-feet tall. One suspect appeared to weigh around 175 pounds, while the other appeared to weigh around 200 pounds.
The suspects smashed into a window at the home and specifically searched for Dimitri Jr. and Shekeria. Police said the suspects violently grabbed the children and put duct tape around a foster mother and two other children, NBC 10 reports.
According to a 911 call, a caller named one of the suspects as Dimitri Cash Sr.
***AMBER ALERT*** The New York State Police is activating an AMBER Alert on behalf of the TOWN OF GREECE POLICE. The children were taken under circumstances that lead police to believe they are in imminent danger of serious bodily harm and/or death. Any info contact 585-428-6666 pic.twitter.com/WO8m8UplRB
— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) January 19, 2021
“Somebody broke into the house, duct-taped everyone, and took two kids. Supposed to be a three- and four-year-old who were taken,” the caller said. “Suspect name is Dimitri Cash.”
Greece Police Chief Drew Forsythe didn’t name Cash Sr. as a suspect, but he did call him a person of interest and said he needed to speak with him.
Cash was arrested in January 2020 after he forcibly took his son, who he did not have custody of, from Autumn Lane Elementary on Maiden Lane. According to CNY, a principal tried to intervene but Cash Sr. pushed the principal to the ground and struck him with his car as he was leaving with the child. He had another child with him at the time, a 2-year-old.
The suspect was found a few days later in Rochester.
Now, during the latest abduction, Cash Sr. remains at large. He reportedly posted an online petition last year, claiming that the children were taken from him under false allegations. The petition claimed the children were suffering at the hands of foster caregivers, who left the little girl with “severe vaginal rashes” from unchanged diapers and the boys with cuts and bruises.
The petition added that the children’s biological mother made false allegations against Dimitri Cash Sr. but later recanted and apologized. Police have not commented on whether the claims were accurate or not.
“We want to talk to Dimitri, see what he knows about it,” Chief Forsythe said on Tuesday. “Obviously they’re his children. I don’t know the full circumstances why they were particularly targeted — we don’t know what he knows, and it’s very important that we speak to him.”
Shekeria is described as a Black female who stands 4-feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. She was last seen in pajamas with pandas on them. Dimitri is described as a Black male who stands 4-feet tall and weighs around 50 pounds. He was last seen wearing pajamas with fire trucks or dinosaurs designs on them.
Cash Sr.’s brother, Patrick, told police he didn’t think his brother was behind the kidnapping, Binghampton Homepage reports. Patrick said the children lived with his parents (the children’s paternal grandparents) for a while before being placed in foster care.
“They’re loving adorable kids, I’ve spent numerous time around them; unfortunately that time was taken away from me when the state took them out of my parent’s house,” Patrick said.
Authorities said the children are considered to be in grave danger after the way they were violently taken from the home. One of the victims reportedly cut his lip, while one of the suspects injured himself while breaking into the home.
Chief Forsythe added that they are also looking for the children’s biological mother but didn’t expand further.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’ve never been involved in anything like this,” Chief Forsythe said.
Anyone with any information on the case should contact the Greece Police Department at (58) 428-6666. If you spot either of the children, please call 911.
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