Judge to Fairfield woman: Tell where your son is or stay in jail
Updated 6:59 am, Thursday, January 22, 2015
A Fairfield woman, whose 14-year-old son is missing and the subject of a nationwide search, was ordered jailed Wednesday until she tells authorities where the boy is.
"You have the keys to the jail house door, all you have to do is tell the court where your son is," Superior Court Judge Gerard Adelman told a crying Kathryn Sorrentino as she was led away in handcuffs by judicial marshals from a Bridgeport courtroom.
It was the second time in two days that Sorrentino was ordered jailed after refusing to reveal the whereabouts of her son, Storm Sorrentino. And Adelman said he would order she be brought back to court every day at 2 p.m., when she would be asked where the boy is.
If she doesn't answer, she would be returned to prison.
In 2007 Sorrentino, a Curtis Terrace resident, was divorced from her husband, Saverio Sorrentino of Plumtree Road in Newtown. A judge later granted Saverio Sorrentino custody of the boy.
Last month, the boy was reported missing by his father.
Despite an intensive search by several police departments, including searches of the mother's home, Storm has not been located and is now listed on the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Saverio Sorrentino told the judge he is convinced his former wife knows where their son is.
"She has not shown any concern to anyone that our son is missing," he told the judge. "She either knows where he is or knows someone who does."
Adelman stared at Kathryn Sorrentino, who stood handcuffed before him.
"Do you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of your son?" he asked her.
"I'm sorry your honor, I do not," she answered.
"Are you telling me at this point that you have no knowledge of the whereabouts of your son?" the judge asked again.
"I don't know what happened," Sorrentino responded in tears. "I only know Norwalk police are investigating and Fairfield police searched my house. I don't know where he is ... last time I saw him was three months ago."
Rachel Pencu, a lawyer appointed to represent Kathryn Sorrentino at the hearing, said Sorrentino contends she has been honest with the judge.
"I don't see any benefit in her being incarcerated," Pencu said.
"The purpose of incarceration on a contempt is persuasion and not punitive," the judge added.