Mother ‘made a mistake’ in ordering daughters out of car and driving off

By Calvin Palmer

The suburban New York mother who ordered her bickering daughters out of her car and drove off without them said today that she made a mistake.

Madlyn Primoff, 45, a partner in a Manhattan law firm, spoke after City Court Judge Eric Press said he would dismiss the child endangerment charge against her in six months if she stayed out of trouble.

“Clearly, I made a mistake,” Primoff said outside court, her husband Richard standing beside her. “But I truly love our children and I know that I am a good parent.”

Primoff, of Scarsdale, said her family discussed what happened on the evening of April 19, when she put her 10- and 12-year-old daughters out of the car in downtown White Plains.

“We’ve put it to rest and we’ll move forward together,” she said.

The girls were attending school and not in court.

Primoff and her daughters were three miles from home when she pulled over and ordered the squabbling girls out of the car.

Defense attorney Vincent Briccetti said that Primoff intended merely to drive around the block and pick the girls up, but they were gone when she returned.

“She wasn’t abandoning her children,” he said.

When Primoff could not immediately find the girls, she went home, picked up her husband and her father and resumed the search.

They found the 12-year-old, who had begun walking home. The younger girl was found in an emotional state by a passer-by who bought her an ice-cream and called the police.

When Primoff reported her daughter missing, Scarsdale police told her the girl was safe at White Plains police headquarters. She was arrested when she went to collect her daughter.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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