A mother and father pleaded not guilty to kidnapping their 19-year-old daughter — duct taping her mouth and restraining her limbs — allegedly to bring her to a therapist.
Menachem and Rachel Cohen, 40 and 38, were indicted for second-degree assault, coercion, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a controlled substance in the disturbing Feb. 25 incident.
“She was acting up in the car. I was going to take her to the hospital,” the father told cops.
A passerby who saw the young woman trapped in the back of a Prius on the Lower East Side called police around 5:30 p.m.
The witness told police that the young woman yelled: “They took me.”
Court papers say the mother was holding cocaine and the father had a bottle of Xanax in his possession. There were other pill bottles in the car.
The pair were arrested for kidnapping, a higher-level felony, but the charges were reduced when it went to a grand jury.
They were arraigned on the new charges Wednesday in front of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke.
Each are free on $100,000 bail.
The daughter was treated at Bellevue Hospital for injuries and was admitted to the psychiatric ward.