New York Couple used Child in Home Burglaries

Unfit parenting isn’t against the law. Some people, tough, go out of their way.

A couple in upstate New York was arrested following a string of rural home burglaries, in which they allegedly used the woman’s daughter in their crime spree.

Tara Morelli, 30, and her boyfriend Gregory Frank, 40, were charged with 23 counts, including burglary and child endangerment, in Rensselaer County, New York, according to WTEN Albany.

Frank and Morelli would allegedly have Morelli’s 11-year-old daughter break into homes through windows or pet doors, then let the couple into the homes. Frank and Morelli’s alleged crime spree stretched across four counties near Albany.

Morelli did not have custody of the child, who lived with her biological father. However, the daughter would occasionally visit Morelli and Frank at Frank’s parents’ home, where they lived. It is unclear if Morelli and Frank only burgled homes when the daughter was with them.

In a raid of Frank’s parents’ home, police found stolen guns and credit cards. One victim also claimed to have jewelry stolen from his home.

Police said the child does not face any criminal charges, and is back at home with her father.

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