Police seek couple who left toddler in NYC church

By Colleen Long
Associated Press / April 22, 2010

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NEW YORK — Authorities say a family caravanning with a woman and her toddler in Florida took the 3-year-old to New York after the boy’s mother was arrested on fraud charges, abandoning him at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a note bearing the name of a detective working the case.

Eleanor Black, 29, was identified through surveillance footage at the cathedral, police said yesterday. She and William Scott, 32, were believed to have been the last two people with Nathaniel Fons, and they were also suspected of being involved in the counterfeiting operation in Florida where his mother was charged.

Police said Black went to the cathedral on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. She asked at the information desk to see a priest and was told to go around the corner and someone would come down, police said.

She walked out of the building, and a few moments later, Nathaniel walked back in, alone, clutching the note that also had his birthday and his mother’s name, according to the security guard who found him. At first he thought the boy was a lost child, but he then saw the note and immediately called police.

Nathaniel was in the custody of child services officials in New York. His grandfather, Donald Fons, said from his Land O’ Lakes, Fla., home that he hoped the boy would be released to him after a hearing in New York.

“They said he’s fine,’’ Fons said. “He is happy and he is in good health.’’

Flagler County authorities in Florida issued a missing child alert for Nathaniel on Sunday after his mother, Erin Comeau, 26, was arrested on charges of operating a counterfeit money operation.

Associated Press