GORDON HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Just how much can one community take?
There are multiple neighborhoods in New York where the state has clustered paroled ex-cons, and innocent families are paying the price.
A 26-year-old mother accused of trying to kill her baby earlier this month created anguish in her Suffolk County community. Her lawyer claims she was mentally ill and a victim of human trafficking, while others say she was an interloper moving from house to house on a notorious street in a hamlet that borders Coram — Gordon Heights.
“For decades we’ve had a problem with the area in Gordon Heights, it’s known as ‘Dodsonville’ because one particular landlord bought up a number of foreclosures and started renting rooms to hard-to-place individuals,” Laura Ahearn from the Crime Victims Center and Parent’s for Megan’s Law said.
The case has exposed a raw and widespread fear over spreading clusters of sex offenders recently released from prison into Long Island’s lower income neighborhoods.