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March 22, 2019

Couple accused of kidnapping 19-year-old daughter pleads not guilty

January 10, 2019
Menachem and Rachel Cohen 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. (iStock)

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.

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“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.

The family lives in Monticello, Sullivan County.

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