Great Work Recognized: Orchestrating the Safe & Successful Return of a 4 Year-old Girl to her Mother Merits Commissioner Commendations for Two District A-7 Detectives

Great Work Recognized: Orchestrating the Safe & Successful Return of a 4 Year-old Girl to her Mother Merits Commissioner Commendations for Sgt. Detective Charles Daly & Detective Joseph Trodella - On Saturday, August 8, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a missing child.  On arrival, officers spoke to the child’s mother who stated that she had fallen asleep and, when she awoke, she discovered that her 4 year-old daughter was gone. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the child over the police radio and a search of the area was immediately initiated. While speaking to the mother, officers learned that she had recently terminated a relationship with a boyfriend who had threatened her and her child. According to the mother, the ex-boyfriend (who lives in New York) told her that, if she ever left him, he would take her daughter. Upon hearing this, officers promptly contacted authorities in New York to notify them about the suspect, his intentions and his vehicle description. While officers were still on scene, the ex-boyfriend called the mother on her cell phone. Detective Trodella asked the mother if he could speak to the suspect. During the phone conversation, the suspect admitted to having taken the child. Hearing this, Detective Trodella appealed to and encouraged the suspect that for the safety and well-being of all involved he should turn himself in. Moments later, the suspect did just that turning himself in to authorities in New York. The child, who was asleep in the back seat of the car, was found unharmed and in good health. For the level of professionalism and proficiency displayed while conducting the negotiations which lead to the safe and successful return of a 4 year-old child to her mother, Sgt. Detective Daly and Detective Trodella are to be recognized, commended and accordingly awarded Commissioner’s Commendations.