Police say they have arrested a man who allegedly told a nanny outside a Long Island home that she was "pushing a dead baby" and tried to take the 20-month-old, following the nanny and child into the home through an unlocked door when the woman tried to escape.
The man, 44-year-old Craig Myczkowski, allegedly approached the 65-year-old nanny as she was walking the 20-month-old baby in a stroller in front of a home on West Broadway in Woodmere.
As the woman walked down the sidewalk, the man told her that she was “pushing a dead baby,” police said.
When the woman tried to get away from the suspect and back inside the home, he followed her and said that he needed to take the baby away from her, police said.
Although the woman made it inside with the baby, the man entered the home through an unlocked mudroom and then tried to enter the kitchen, but the nanny had locked that door, according to police.
The suspect then allegedly began yelling through the locked door, “Give me the dead baby!”
Sometime later he left the home, took the stroller and began walking eastbound on West Broadway. The stroller was located at The Pizza Place on Broadway in Hewlett.
Myczkowski was arrested Tuesday morning after authorities found him sleeping on a couch inside a doctor's office in Hewlett. They say his last known address is in Manhattan, but he has been seen around the Woodmere area in the past.
Myczkowski was charged with attempted unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Neither the baby sitter nor the child was injured. Police praised the baby sitter for her swift actions to protect herself and the child.