Judge dismisses kidnapping case against parole officer – Connecticut News

Judge dismisses kidnapping case against parole officer – Connecticut News


WATERBURY -A Superior Court judge has dismissed criminal charges against a state parole officer and her boyfriend, charged with breaking into a house and kidnapping a 1-year-old child in Stratford.

Judge Roland Fasano dismissed the charges of home invasion and second-degree kidnapping against Gladys Marquez and Edgardo Soberal after prosecutors told him they were nolling or dropping the charges.

“Based on a follow up and extensive investigation that involved re-interviewing the prospective witnesses the state felt it was appropriate to nolle the charges,” said the couple’s lawyer, John R. Gulash.

The case against Marquez, 51, who works in Bridgeport and the 52-year-old Soberal, the retired state parole officer who previously worked in Bridgeport, was moved to Waterbury to avoid any conflict of interest.

Police said Marquez and the toddler’s mother lived near each other in Stratford and during conversations Marquez got the idea that the mother, who is 17 and not married, was willing to give the baby to her for adoption.

But police said the mother adamantly denied this and told detectives she was planning on moving to get away from Marquez.

On June 7, the mother was visiting relatives in the P.T. Barnum housing project when police said the mother told them Marquez and Soberal forced their way into the apartment and grabbed the baby.

Police tried contacted Marquez without success. Police said officers from Bridgeport and Stratford went to Marquez’s home to persuade her to release the baby.

During subsequent phone calls police said Marquez and Soberal claimed they were talking to a lawyer to arrange adopting the boy. However, police said they…

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