4-year-old kidnapped by parents in 2019 after they lost custody found alive in secret makeshift room under stairs in upstate New York home: Parents and grandfather arrested
- Paisley Shultis went missing in 2019; this was feared at the time her biological parents Kimberly Cooper and Kirk Schultis kidnapped her.
- She lived with an unknown legal guardian after the couple lost custody.
- On Monday, Sogerty police received a report that Paisley was at her paternal grandfather’s home with her parents.
- The police found that she was hiding in a “dark, damp” room under the stairs with her mother.
- The mother, father and grandfather were charged with endangering the child and interfering with custody.
- However, on Tuesday, the father and grandfather were released on bail.
- Paisley is in good health and has now returned with her legal guardian and older sister.
Paisley Shultis was abducted at the age of four in 2019. Now she is six.
A four-year-old girl abducted by her parents after they lost custody of her in 2019 has been found alive in their home in a makeshift shack-like room under the stairs.
Paisley Shultis was abducted by guardians in 2019 when she was four years old from her legal guardian’s home in Cayuga Heights, New York.
She was taken from the care of her biological parents, Kim Cooper and Kirk Kaltis.
It is not clear why they lost custody, but took it back and hid from law enforcement agencies for the last three years.
But on Monday, police in Saugerties, upstate New York, got a tip that the girl was with a couple at the house.
She was found hiding in a dark, damp room under the stairs.
The house is 162 miles from where she was kidnapped in 2019.
This is the makeshift room under the stairs where Paisley Schulties was found living at her paternal grandfather’s house on Monday night.
The police turned on the lights above the stairs and were able to see the dirty blanket from behind the stairs.
Kirk Schultis (left) and Kim Cooper (right) were taken into custody, but Kirk is now in custody.
Cooper, Schultis and Schultis’ father were arrested, but on Tuesday morning Schultis and his father were released on bail.
Cooper is still behind bars at the Ulster County Jail, but the father and grandfather, who were charged with endangering a child’s welfare and interfering with custody, have been released.
Cooper is being held on an additional charge in family court, but it is not clear what that charge is.
No one has been charged with kidnapping.
It is unclear who the girl was living with when she was kidnapped in 2019.
In a statement on Tuesday, it was revealed that Detective Saugertys Eric Thiele “noted something in the stairs leading from the back of the residence to the basement of the house that caught his attention.”
He shone his flashlight on the stairs, and that’s when the detectives saw a pair of tiny legs.
“After several more steps were removed, the child and her abductor were found inside,” a police spokesman said.