Cops: Parents arrested after Amber Alert

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Two children "deemed to be in imminent danger" were found uninjured in Ronkonkoma on Friday evening after their parents fled with them in violation of a Family Court order, Southampton Town police said.

An Amber Alert was issued about 6:20 p.m. for the 1- and 5- year-old children of Amy Whitlock, 30, and Christopher Carcione, 47, of Southampton, police said.

Southampton Town Det. Sgt. Lisa A. Costa said there was a history of neglect, drug use and weapons possession. "The judge felt there was a danger," Costa said.

When Carcione learned of the court order Friday, he told a Child Protective Services caseworker by phone that the family was out of state and wouldn't comply with the order, police said.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The Amber Alert was initiated by Southampton Town police, and within 40 minutes, Costa said, the parents and the children were located by Suffolk police officers at a motel in Ronkonkoma.

The children were turned over to Emergency CPS workers, police said, and the parents taken into custody.

"Thankfully there was a happy ending," Costa said. "It was excellent."

The parents face arraignment in Southampton Justice Court at a later date, police said, on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Custodial Interference.

You also may be interested in: