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Nassau police: Mom, sister had drugs in car with 4-year-old

The Patchogue women at first refused to open the doors when officers approached them in a parking lot in Carle Place, officials said.

Police said Erica Anderson, left, and her sister,

Police said Erica Anderson, left, and her sister, Kristen O'Hara, right, were smoking crack in their car with Anderson's 4-year-old inside in Carle Place on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Photo Credit: NCPD

A Patchogue woman’s 4-year-old daughter was in the car when she and her sister were seen smoking what appeared to be crack in a parking lot in Carle Place, Nassau County police said.

The women at first refused to open the car doors when they were approached by officers at 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot on Old Country Road near Carle Road, police said.

The women finally opened the doors and officers found a hypodermic needle, heroin, crack and marijuana inside the car, police said.

Erica Anderson, 34, of West Main Street, was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Anderson’s daughter was released to a family member, police said.

Police said Anderson’s sister, Kristen O’Hara, 29, who lives at the same West Main Street address, was charged with eight counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon — a gravity knife.

Both women were awaiting arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.

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