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.