Cops: Dad buys drugs with daughter in his car

Kenneth Smith, 38, of Valley Stream, is charged Kenneth Smith, 38, of Valley Stream, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and several vehicle and traffic laws after being arrested Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Oceanside, police said. Photo Credit: Kenneth Smith

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A Valley Stream man who purchased heroin with his daughter in his car faces charges of drug possession and child endangerment, Nassau County police said Monday.

Kenneth Smith, 38, of 41 Fifth St., is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and several vehicle and traffic laws after being arrested Sunday at about 7 p.m. in Oceanside, police said.

He drove to the house of Benedict P. Lindsley, 39, 482 Pearl St., in Oceanside, and Lindsley came out and got into Smith's car, police said.

Police said a "drug transaction was performed" before the car left the driveway and went east on Atlantic Avenue.

Officers pulled over the vehicle on Clark Avenue and found Smith's daughter in the backseat without a child-restraint seat and with Smith in possession of three bags of heroin, police said.

Both Smith and Lindsley were arrested without incident, police said.

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Police did not provide an age for the girl but said she was "under 10." She was released to a family member.

Lindsley is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Both Smith and Lindsley were arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead. Smith held on a $12,500 bail, and Lindsley was held on a $55,000 bail.

With Ellen Yan

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