Horror pics show inside filthy and damp secret room where Paislee Shultis, 6, was found after cops spotted her tiny feet

HORRIFYING pictures have given a glimpse inside the filthy and damp secret room where missing Paislee Shultis was found.

Police said they found the six-year-old in good health in a New York home on Monday night – nearly three years after her disappearance.



Officers are said to have spotted her tiny feet under a staircase in a house in Saugerties.

Images released by cops show a dirty staircase with a pair of children's mud boots and a panda cuddly toy.

Clothes and blankets also fill the space.

Paislee was reported missing from Cayuga Heights – more than 100 miles from where she was found – in July 2019 when she was four-years-old.

Police said they initially suspected she had been abducted by her noncustodial parents, Kimberly Cooper, 33, and Kirk Shultis, Jr, 32..

A tip is said to have led investigators back to a home they've previously searched.

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Officers executing a search warrant said they then found the girl hidden with her noncustodial mother.

She had been held in the cold, wet, makeshift enclosure under a basement staircase after about an hour of looking, cops added.

"The child was located secreted in a makeshift room, under a closed staircase leading to the basement of the residence," Saugerties Police said in a statement.

"Upon removing the step boards, the child and her abductor, Kimberly Cooper were found hiding in the dark and wet enclosure."

They caught a first glimpse of the girl’s feet after removing some wooden steps, according to police.

Paramedics found the girl to be in good health.

She was turned over to her legal guardian and reunited with her older sister.

Cooper, Shultis, and his father, Kirk Shultis Sr, 57, were all arrested and charged with felony custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.

Paislee had last been seen in July 2019 at the home of her legal guardians in Spencer, New York.

It is believed that Cooper and Shultis took the girl from that location and have been hiding her since.

Kim Cooper and Kirk Shultis did not have custody of Paislee, which Sinagra notes they lost at some point in 2019.

"There was a reason why they lost custody of the children," Sinagra said, adding that Paislee's older sister has been with her legal guardian since 2019.

Cooper has been charged with custodial interference in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. She was also wanted on an active warrant, according to the Daily Freeman.

Shultis has been charged with felony custodial interference in the first degree and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, as he has denied knowing the girl's location multiple times since her disappearance, according to the press release.

Shultis' father and owner of the Saugerties home, Kirk Shultis Sr., was also charged with felony custodial interference in the first degree and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, as it was revealed he lied to cops about his knowledge of where Paislee was.

"At the time of search warrant execution, the owner of the residence denied having any knowledge of the child's whereabouts telling officers that he had not seen the child since she was reported missing in 2019," the press release states.

Sinagra did not disclose the location of Paislee's current location due to safety concerns, but said she has been placed with her legal guardian and reunited with her sister.


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