Update: Amber Alert Canceled; Parents Arrested

Southampton Town police say a baby girl and young boy were taken Tuesday by their parents in violation of a court order.

SOUTHAMPTON, NY -- Update 10:20 p.m.: Southampton parents will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and custodial interference on top of family court charges after evading Child Protective Services with their two young children, according to Southampton Town police.

Police said that Child Protective Services came to police headquarters in Hampton Bays Friday to report that since Tuesday the agency and the Suffolk County sheriff's office had been trying without success to serve orders of protection against Amy Whitlock, 30, and Christopher Carcione, 47, on behalf of their 1-year-old and 5-year-old, who have a history of being neglected.

The oldest child was last seen in kindergarten class in Southampton Tuesday afternoon, and the parents had vacated their last known address, at The Bentley Hotel in Southampton, police said. On Thursday, a Family Court judge deemed the children to be in imminent danger and issued an order of emergency removal, as well as warrants for the parents, according to authorities.

Police said Carcione contacted a CPS caseworker at 11 a.m. Friday and when Carcione learned of the warrants and custody order, he said he had no intention of cooperating and claimed to have already fled the state.

Southampton Town police detectives issued an amber alert to all of Long Island at about 6:20 p.m. Friday, and within 40 minutes Suffolk County Police Department Fifth Precinct officers located the children and the parents at Econolodge Motel on Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma, authorities said. The children were reportedly unharmed.

The parents are being held overnight at the Fifth Precinct for Saturday morning arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip. Then, according to Southampton Town police, the couple will face charges in Southampton Town Justice Court of endangering the welfare of a child, obstructing governmental administration, and custodial interference. 

The children were turned over to CPS custody.

Update: 8:17 p.m.: Southampton parents who absconded with their two children Tuesday to avoid turning their boy and girl over to Child Protective Services were arrested at a hotel in Ronkonkoma Friday, Southampton Town Police Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa said.

Costa said the 1-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy were unharmed, and are now in the custody of CPS. Parents Christopher Carcione and Amy Whitlock were taken into police custody.

According to an Amber Alert activated at 6:30 p.m. Friday, the parents have a history of drug and weapon possession. The alert was called off at 7:12 p.m.

Update: An Amber Alert activated by Southampton Town police Friday at 6:30 p.m. was canceled at 7:12 p.m., according to amber.ny.gov.


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A 1-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy were abducted in Tuckahoe on Tuesday, according to Southampton Town police, and now an Amber Alert has been issued to ask the public's in finding them.

According to the alert, the parents, who have a history of drug and weapons possession, fled with the children in violation of an imminent danger court order.

Scarlet Whitlock and Wiley Whitlock were abducted on Magee Street at about 2:52 p.m. Tuesday, the alert states. Scarlet is described as white, 1 year old, with blonde hair and blue eyes, approximately 2 feet tall and 23 pounds. Wiley is described as 5 years old, with long blond hair and blue eyes, 4 feet tall and 73 pounds. He is developmentally disabled and has a seizure disorder, according to the alert.

Police are seeking two suspects, Christopher Carcione and Amy Whitlock, who are believed to have been driving a green four-door 1996 Mercury Marquis sedan with a tan roof and loud muffler, and the New York license plate GBH5264.

Carcione is described as a white man, 47 years old with brown hair and blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. The alerts states that he uses the alias "David Cox."

The alert describes Whitlock as a white woman, approximately 30 years old, with blonde hair and blue eyes, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighting 110 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call 866-NYS-AMBER or 911 to provide information or report a sighting.

Jill C. Davila February 09, 2013 at 01:01 AM
why are we only seeing this now if they were taken Tuesday????????
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 01:03 AM
The police did not issue the alert until 6:30 p.m. today. Police were tied up with blizzard response tonight, and did not have time to give an explanation for why it took till Friday to confirm the abduction.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 03:28 AM
The article has been updated with many more details about the circumstances.
Annette Genovesi February 09, 2013 at 05:52 PM
more destruction of families. sounds like trumped up charges on the parents. the parents weren't even given a chance to make good - TWO loving parents. how often do you see that today? were they homosexual this would not have happened. those poor people will never see their kids again - over what?
Hope Smith February 09, 2013 at 06:45 PM
The parents were given a chance to do good. Five years to do good! This was not their first run in with CPS. If they were ”TWO loving parents” they would have gotten off drugs and cleaned up their act. If you love your children you put them before everything including your addictions! The destruction of this family is not the fault of the system but rather the parents!
steven Jacobs February 09, 2013 at 07:35 PM
if the drug possession charges are true then their parenting style is questionable. But i agree that a same sex couple would have better chances than they will.
Jerry Can February 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM
@Hope Smith. Unfortunately addiction is not does not have a on/off switch. it would be great if it were so but unfortunately here is a perfect example of the destruction it brings about. Yes its up to the parents to get it together, and since you seem to know more about them you might enlighten us with more info. Obviously, the prospect of loosing their children made them make another mistake in "abducting" them from Social Services. But that was done, I believe, out of love. I think I am familiar with who the mother is and I find it tragic that her life as come to this. There may be more to this story than just this. I would be curious to learn more.
kerriann February 10, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I say this because I am the mother of christophers other daughter in sc. Being a recovering addict myself, its not easy to pick up the pieces, but some of us keep trying. My daughter is being raised by my sister, by my choice, because even though im clean, i feel that my daughter needs the stability of my sisters home. How dare any one other than the people that are going through something like this have an "opinion". Chris and amy love their children, and chris loves his other daughter, so shame on you
Jerry Can February 10, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Thank you for speaking up and giving us more information. Can you tell us more? Are they from Southampton and if not what were they doing here? I suspect they are not employed, were they ever around here? What is the issue with the weapons? Are they illegally owned? The reason they want to take the children is they say for their own protection since the parents are neglecting them. How often has this been the case? Have they been arrested for other crimes? Sorry for prying so much and don't feel obligated to answer. Just seems that there is a whole lot more about their story than causing an Amber Alert. From what I can tell Social Services may have had good cause for taking the children, but I'm curious how that came to be.
ROSE February 10, 2013 at 03:39 AM
First off.........when parents are strung out on drugs....the children ARE neglected, unless you have a significant other person who is not on drugs there to take care of the children........How the hell can any judge or CPS state they kidnapped their own kids......what an oxymoron..........here is something about the good ole CPS........they will do whatever they can to take away children from their biological parents...even lie. Why? Because they make money for the state......the federal government gives each state funds for every child they take and put into foster care.......don't believe me........google it. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of parents who don't deserve their children, but there are foster parents that are in it for just the mondy......and do not care for the children.....now say CPS gets children that are healthy.......they will fight tooth and nail to keep them in foster care and perferrably adopt them out........which means more money for the state..........while tons of adoptable children deemed damaged sit in foster care without the hope of being adopted.....these children come from different backgrounds........abuse, physical and mentally disabled..........healthy children are what CPS looks for.
Hope Smith February 10, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Kerriann, you are a perfect example of a good mother! You were selfless enough and loved Faith enough to give her a better life. That is what a parent does. We put our children first! I am not saying that Chris and Amy do not love their kids, I am sure they do. But love it’s self is not enough to raise a child! We both know that they had problems with drugs and the law long before Wiley was born. Chris has 4 children & he has never set a good example for any of them. I understand that addition can take a hold of a person & destroy everything they touch but if you live that lifestyle  whether by your own choice or not, you do not bring innocent children into it! As far as my thoughts on this situation well, I am entitled to my opinion like it or not. In America were Mommy can be prostitutes & Daddy can be addicted to heroin, the mean lady online can voice her opinion. This does effects me! I feel for these kids. The fact that their parents can not get their crap together breaks my heart. We could easily place the blame on so many different things. Addiction, mental illness, CPS, whatever you want to choose. But for this situation it is simple . . . the blame falls on the two junkies, if they could not get clean then they should have used birth control!! @ Jerry Can, yes CPS had very good cause for taking the children!!
Marcheal Gideon February 10, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Good they were found.
Rich Dowd February 10, 2013 at 05:00 AM
You need a license to fish, but two sick and selfish junkies can continue conceiving babies to grow up a) developmentaly disabled, b) living with staggering odds of being abusive parents, and/or c) drug addicted themselves. The adults here should be kept apart from eachother (because 'two sickies don't make a wellie') and have limited and supervised contact with the children, until they are clean of booze and drugs for more than one year.
will smith February 10, 2013 at 05:18 AM
@ Hope Smith, you are the epidome of NWO thinking. You will fall for anything that the govt proclaims as truth. CPS looks for and only want healthy children, cannot seel damaged goods, and the healthier the better. CPS is not interested in real abuse cases.
Jerry Can February 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
@Hope Smith thank you for giving us more information about this case. You and Kerriann have helped understand the problems of these two people and what has led to this latest event. I suppose you are a relative and have been witnessing the devastation that addiction causes. Its a painful process to have to go through. As I mentioned before, I believe I know who Amy is and did not know about these issues. My memory of her at her job then were of a nice person. I hope she can get back on her feet and hopefully lead a normal life with her children. It would be nice if some willing and competent family member could take over the care for them. but that may just be more wishful thinking on my part.
kerriann February 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Heres an Idea, Why dont we all say a prayer for kc and amy, that god gives them the strength to get their lives back together, and hopefully be reunited with their children. We all make mistakes, and unfortunatley, our addiction ruins families. We all deserve a chance in life to make right.
Jerry Can February 10, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Yes it would be good to pray for them to have the strength to defeat their addiction and get their lives back in order.
will smith February 11, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Kiss the govt's ass much? Why is that sheep like you cant tell govt fiction from reality?
Walter Noller February 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Two thoughts... One, that Amber alert be used for true abductions, not family interference. Government agency (CPS) by way of a judges' rule, destroys the family unit but when the parent(s) try to take back what is naturally theirs, Gov't. puts out an Amber Alert, getting everyone to side with gov't without information about why the "abduction" occured. Too many are simply family matters and do not rise to true "Amber Alert" status. Second, what's so wrong with saving the entire family and not just the kids? Keep the family together and work on saving the family unit while working with the parents on getting clean and being good parents. Basically "screw" the "it takes a village" mentality and work on helping the entire family but keep them together. Not every family is picture perfect, but it's a family and that should be paramount,. And stop abusing the amber alert. Society is not family court's posse to be used without letting us know the circumstances behind the alert. Personally, I'll be the judge of whether to get involved if I know the story, but will not be drawn into issues such as this because some family court judge deems it so. Family courts, CPS and DYFS have too much to say and are accountable to no one... that is a very scary factor and far more disturbing than a less than perfect family.
Hyank February 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
You may have wanted to start off with ''ten thoughts''. You probably should have put ''idiotic'' in between the words ''ten'' and ''thoughts''. Then you could have expressed your opinion.
Walter Noller February 11, 2013 at 01:48 PM
@ Hyank... No, it's just two. One, misuse of Amber Alert and two, parenting and family are paramount. I'm sorry if my explainations confused you.
Kristin February 11, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I feel heartbroken for these children, as I did have the pleasure of meeting them and they are just innocents who will probably never see their parents again. I am an adult child of an addict (who passed away from drug use). I just hope that someone from the family can take the children in and love them while their parents get themselves on track. It would be a tragedy to see them be seperated and thrown into the system.
Wascal E Wabbit February 13, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Perdurabo..... Rooster !
kerriann February 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM
perdurabo! : )
Si February 21, 2013 at 06:21 AM
I am a registered nurse who has 29 years of experience. I personally have had contact with Amy since the day she was born. A couple with the addictions they have are not able to provide an environment that is healthy & nurturing for children. I know that there is someone who will love these 2 children & see they get what they need .
NOoneHASaskedFORtheREALstory March 04, 2013 at 12:27 PM
You are flat out lying Si- no one in Amy's life fits that description except her Aunt who has barely talked to her in 15 years and would have no clue what is really going on. I have a hard time believing you are her because according to Amy she's not the type to judge first & run her mouth before she knows what is really going on.
NOoneHASaskedFORtheREALstory March 04, 2013 at 01:47 PM
There are exactly four people who know the TRUTH in this matter. Two of them are children. It amazes me that so many people have had such strong opinions with NO actual fact to base them on. I feel no need at this moment to address the slander in the press, nor to correct the misconceptions of obvious idiots. I do, however, feel compelled to comment on the blatant misuse of the AMBER Alert System to enforce a family court bench warrant. ( A warrant for which no summons was properly served, but that's another issue) NYS Amber Alert Guidelines state : The New York State AMBER Alert Plan can be activated when an investigating law enforcement agency has reasonable cause to believe that: 1. An abduction of a child (under the age of 18) has occurred, and 2. The child is believed to be in danger of serious bodily harm or death, either due to the actions of another or due to a proven mental or physical condition.
NOoneHASaskedFORtheREALstory March 04, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Dictionary.com defines 'abduct' : to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap. -------------- What occurred in this instance was that a family happened to lawfully choose to be away from their home when CPS came to serve papers. ( Thus thwarting an attempted ‘abduction’ under color of law ) Please note that the supposed abduction occurred on Tuesday ( Wiley was picked by his mother after school ). . . and the alert was issued Friday. The alleged emergency is that the family was not home ! Furthermore, these children were NEVER deemed to be in danger of BODILY HARM or DEATH. No such allegations were made, no such charges filed. Suffolk County Family Court Judge Martha Luft , C.P.S case worker Jenifer Schmidt and Southampton Town Police conspired to use the AMBER Alert System to enforce a Family Court bench warrant, making a mockery of the AMBER Alert System and dishonoring the memory of Amber Hagerman for whom this system was named.
NOoneHASaskedFORtheREALstory March 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
On behalf of the 4 people who are living the truth behind this story I thank the people who have made intelligent and compassionate comments. ( Is that just coincidence ... compassion and intelligence together ? ) As for the rest of you all I can say is that I sincerely hope each of you have a chance to be helped by the system in the same way this family is being helped. I've been asked to pass this along to further everyone's understanding of this tragic situation : What do you do when your family is truly in danger ? What is right or wrong when you know there is a real possibility THEY are coming for YOU ? Who will protect you from the protectors ? Any sane, responsible man would do anything possible to keep his family together and out of harm's way. ANYTHING. When they come in the night. . . in uniforms . . with guns. . . to rip crying babies from their mother's arms . . . does it really matter what they call you ? if they call you Jude ...or Junkie ... when they tell you they have a solution ?
Walter Noller March 05, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Thank you, "no one has asked...", for putting things into perspective. This is a family matter and again I say the family is foremost in the effort to make things right. If it is a matter of drugs, fix that problem, but don't split the family. As for the Amber Alert, it's tragic it was used for this purpose. We've given far too much authority to CPS, the courts and those who are of the mind "it takes a village". It takes two parents and that is a job nobody is really prepared for. We use those traits we learn from our parents, not always are they the best, but parenting can be improved, but NOT by splitting up the family. As for those who feel it's ok to write slanderous comments, especially behind an alias, should be held accountable for their actions as this does nothing to make this family situation better. Perhaps Patch is responsible for allowing such comments in such a tenuous situation. I can't imagine a personal problem being openly dragged through cyber-mud. I hope the family gets past this and finds someone who is willing to help them in dealing with their personal difficulties and recognizes families are important, especially in today's society. Two parents, two kids... therein lies the catalyst for love and a better future. I wish the family well. wn


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