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Pair left children out in cold to sell candy, cookies in Plainview, police say

Two men were arrested and charged with child endangerment after Nassau police officers found several children complaining of being left out in the cold as they sold candy and cookies, ostensibly for a Hauppauge youth agency, authorities said Monday.

Kavon Thompson, 19, and Jamainne Hall, 24, were taken into custody after Second Precinct officers noticed one of the sellers, a girl, 11, standing without a coat as temperatures dropped about 5 p.m. Sunday in Plainview, police said.

She was by herself in front of a Starbucks on South Oyster Bay Road, police said, and told officers two males in a van had dropped her off, along with other children.

Officers found seven  more children in the area, and several complained they were cold and could not get in touch with the two chaperones who had driven them to the area, officials said.

The children, ranging in age from 11 to 16, believed they were selling candy and cookies for the New York Youth Club, police said.

Officers found the van and arrested the men without incident, police said.

Thompson, of 248th Street in Rosedale, and Hall, of Hempstead Gardens Drive in West Hempstead, were each charged with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Thompson was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both were scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The New York Youth Club, based in Hauppauge, bills itself as a nonprofit providing work skills and activities for children from at-risk communities. 

The phone number on the group's website was not in service Monday, and no staff members were named on the site. Efforts to reach officials connected to the group in the past were unsuccessful Monday.

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