Photos: Maid Kidnaps Frum Family’s 6-Month-Old Daughter, Baby Found After Frantic Search


chayempour[Photos below.] Great Neck, NY – It is every parent’s worst nightmare, and for Rabbi Yitzchok and Tamar Chayempour, of Great Neck, Long Island, it came true yesterday morning when their live-in maid walked out and vanished with their six-month old daughter Esti.

The horror began to unfold at 9:50 Wednesday morning, when Rabbi Yitzchok Chayempour spotted their live-in maid walking along Middle Neck Road with his child. After calling out to her and asking what she was doing, she responded that she was heading over to the CVS pharmacy up the road. After attempting a quick U-turn, the maid vanished and the frantic search began.

The maid, Gloria Suarez, a 53-year-old native of Uruguay, had been in the United States for 11 years on a work visa. Ms. Suarez had been a live-in maid with the Chayempours over the summer months. She was hired through an agency that vets and does background checks on all the maids that they refer before recommending them for hire.

According to the family, Ms. Suarez had finished working for them this past Friday and had moved her belongings out, but she had requested to stay a few more days until she had arranged her new place to stay, which the family allowed.

After losing sight of Ms. Suarez, Rabbi Chayempour sped up to the CVS in search of the maid. “She was only a maid and was absolutely not a baby sitter. We made sure to never leave her alone with Esti, or any of the kids,” he said.

When he could not find her at the store, he returned home to check if she was there. He asked his wife if she let the maid take the baby out, and she responded that she had not left Esti alone with her, and that she didn’t even know that she had left.

Right away, family members began a frantic search, going store to store, and mobilizing the community to search for the maid. Minute to minute, it became increasingly clear that this was, in fact, an abduction.

Over the past few weeks, Ms. Suarez had expressed much interest – almost too much – in the child to Tamar Chayempour, telling her that she was married once, only to be divorced shortly after and never had any children of her own. The maid’s interest in the child was slightly off-putting to the mother, especially after she kept asking to take little Esti out on walks in her free time – requests that were consistently turned down.

Nassau County Police were notified, but the police were reluctant to rush and classify the incident as an abduction, saying that they needed to wait more time, and that maybe the maid would show up with the infant.

This wasn’t satisfactory to the family, and the father’s own frantic search led him back to the CVS, where he ran into a member of his community who recommended that he check the local bus station, since that would be a preferred method of travel for the maid.

Of the only two bus lines that run in the area, Yitzchok ran over to the bus stop and asked one of drivers if he remembered the maid, who has very distinct long silvery hair. To his luck, the driver remembered dropping off a pair with the exact description. He even remembered dropping her off near Stepping Stone Park.

The father rushed over to the park where he met the park security and asked them if they had seen the maid with a child. Once again, thanks to her distinctive appearance, they had remembered the maid and that she thought that the park was a train station. Thinking she was confused, security called a taxi for her, but they did not know what her destination was.

It was around this time that the police started getting proactively involved in the search. After learning that the maid had gotten into a cab, the police reached out to all the local cab companies, and moments later got a response from one of them saying that they had just dropped off a pair of passengers matching the description at the Roslyn Train Station.

Roslyn Police were immediately notified and they rushed over to the station, where they found the maid with the baby standing on the platform waiting for a train. When police asked her whose baby it was, she replied that it was her own. When they inquired further, she changed her story, saying it was her brother’s child and she was going to meet him.

When police attempted to take the maid into custody, a struggle broke out as she refused to part with the baby; only after some negotiations did she give in and police placed her under arrest.

A short while later, little Esti was was reunited with her father and mother.

“The fact that I was even on Middle Neck Road at that time was a matter of pure Hashgocho Protis, since I am usually in the camp office by then,” said Yitzchok, adding, “I was on my way home from attending a bris this morning, mamash Hashgocho Protis.”

When police searched the maid’s possessions, they found cans of baby formula – a two day supply – with the labels peeled off in an apparent attempt to hide that they were Cholov Yisroel and had Hebrew letters on them. The maid had also changed the baby’s cloths.

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{Story and photos: Crown Heights Info/ Newscenter}


  1. Terrible terrible, it’s extra scary because noone would ever suspect a woman with a baby, when it’s way more likely to be foul play, because no man’s interested in taking someone elses baby.

  2. One cleaning lady does not speak for all cleaning ladies. Most cleaning ladies help maintain shalom bayis in a home and help make the woman a more relaxed and happy mother and wife. It isn’t fair to all the good hard-working maids out there to lump them with this crazy woman.

  3. After the loss of Leiby Kletky, why is the Nassau County PD so complacent? Better be hasty, than possibly lose a child! I hope that the NCPD doesn’t have a touch of anti-Semitism. Are there askanim in Nassau County who could help?

  4. Our High School daughter always has too much work from school. She has no siblings at home. The pressures of school are very strong. She would love to have free time to earn some money, but she has no time for herself already.And wouldn’t it be nice if she had time to relax, be creative, or do some other enriching pursuits?

  5. It’s amazing how no one is getting to the real point. I feel really sorry that something like that happens…don’t get me wrong…but guess what…I WOULD NEVER EVER ALLOW ANYONE TO BE ‘BUILT IN’ WITH MY CHILDREN….THEY ARE MORE PRECIOUS TO ME THAN ANYTHING. And for the record…Mine are married…but today is a whole other ball game…mothers need to work, go out…go to the spas…vacations…etc. you know what I mean.If you think that because they are coming from an agency…you can trust that? boy…how gullible can you be. These are your neshamas you are talking about… on a physical, emotional and definitely spiritual level…you trust these people with your prized possessions..? no problem…don’t complain later!!!!!

  6. The details are not important….I’d rather see the mothers stay home with their kids than run around doing what they love to do…and being home is not one of those things. If you have the money for “live ins” …I know exactly what you are doing…and that is not what you were meant to do…don’t bring kids into this world to leave them with “live in’s”…if you don’t love your kids enough to spend every waking hour with them and keep them safe….there…there are your consequences. Time to wake up…

  7. for all the people that criticized the shomrim of boro park for not calling the police right here is your answer the police do not respond in the beginning

  8. Don’t you remember what happened in Mambai to little Moishe? His mother’s helper saved him from the hands of terrorists! She was a malach sent from Hashem.

  9. Read the article more carefully… the live in was NEVER assigned to be with the children!!! And never left alone with them! She was a maid, not a babysitter/nanny!

  10. What a spoiled generation! B”H, our family is not lazy. We do all chores, housework, shopping, bring in from the van our shopping bags, make our own beds, wait by the bus stop for our youngest, etc… The ONLY time any outside help comes in, is the week before Pesach, for a few hours. That’s to clean only. Nothing to do with the children. Oh right! Yes, I’m one of those “losers” who stay’s home for Pesach with our entire Family kn”h including the zchus to host our Parents & Inlaws, ad meah viesrim!

  11. Its very easy to say “all cleaning ladys” are not trustworthy…well then after what happenned to poor little Leiby does that mean “all frum men” are not trustworthy? Some mothers need help. Period. Should they not be having children? And I love the comment that t
    Mothers are taking maids so they can go on vacation…not THIS mother!!! This mother has a maid so she can maintain shalom in her house and concentrate on what really matters..bringing up the children. I suspect that was Estis mothers intent as well. Don’t be so judgemnetal. There are crazy people in this world. Some are maids and some are frum.