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Homeless man attacks child in Kew Gardens: police

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 12:53 pm | Updated: 12:36 pm, Thu Oct 17, 2019.

A homeless man attacked a 6-year-old boy in Kew Gardens on Thursday, according to police.

Laurance Gendreau, 35, was walking at Metropolitan Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard at approximately 4:50 p.m. when he picked up the boy and threw him to the ground. Responding officers took Gendreau, whom police described as an emotionally disturbed person, into custody at the scene without incident.

Police said the boy was walking with his parents, but published reports said he was sitting in front of his grandparents' home with his brother, waiting for a pizza delivery.

The child was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park by EMS, where he is being treated for hemorrhaging to the brain and a contusion to the head.

The child’s grandfather, Naftali Portnoy, told CBS he followed the shirtless suspect.

“I went after him, followed him, called 911, the police found him ... He did say ‘I’m bipolar’ — his first words were ‘I’m bipolar’ and something about ‘kill the kid,’ wanted to ‘kill the kid,’” Portnoy said.

Gendreau was charged with assault, harassment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old.

He is hospitalized and arraignment is pending, a spokesperson for the DA’s Office told the Chronicle early Friday afternoon.


This story has been updated to include information from published reports on where the victim was at the time of the attack.

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