Paislee Shultis case: Girl missing for 2 years found under stairs at New York home

SAUGERTIES, New York – Police in New York say a girl missing since 2019 has been found alive.

Authorities said Paislee Shultis was found under the stairs of a home following a police search on Monday.

At the time the search warrant was executed, the home owner denied any information about the whereabouts of the child and told officers he had not seen the child since she was reported missing. in 2019.

After more than an hour of searching, police said the child was in a makeshift room, under a closed staircase leading to the basement of the house.

The detectives used a tool to remove some of the wooden steps, and that’s when the detectives saw a pair of tiny feet.

After removing the placards, authorities said Paislee and her kidnapper, Kimberly Cooper, were found hiding in a dark, damp compound.

Paislee was four years old when she was reported missing on July 13, 2019. She is believed to be in good health.

Her non-custodial parents have now been charged.

Kimberly Cooper, 33, has been charged with interfering with second- and second-degree guardianship endangering the interests of a child. Cooper is also wanted by order of the Ulster County Family Court.

Kirk Shultis Jr., 32, will face charges of interfering with first- and first-degree guardianship endangering a child’s interests.

Kirk Shultis Sr., 57, was charged with interfering with first-degree custody and endangering the interests of a child.

Both Shultis Jr. and Sr. are all arranged and released in their own way. Protective orders were issued against all three defendants.

Paislee is assigned to her legal guardian and reunited with her sister.

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