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Woman accused of selling drugs in Baldwin with son in car

A woman is accused of selling crack cocaine while her 6-year-old son waited in the backseat of her car, Nassau County police said Saturday.

Narcotics detectives stationed on Christie Street in Baldwin saw Deniece Yaw, 27, of Jamaica, exchanging cash and objects with Donald Cooper, 53, of Plainview, shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, police said.

As officers arrested Yaw, they spotted a boy - her son - in the backseat of the car, police said. A search of the vehicle turned up five plastic bags of crack cocaine, two plastic bags of cocaine and a loaded handgun, police said.

Cooper fled in his car, and pursuing police said they saw him throwing small objects out of the vehicle's window. Police stopped Cooper and arrested him as well.

The child was released to his father, police said.

Yaw was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child. Cooper was charged with tampering with physical evidence.

At arraignment Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead, bond for Yaw was set at $200,000, and bond for Cooper was set at $14,000.

Yaw is a driver for We Transport bus company.

No one at the Plainview-based bus company could be reached Saturday for comment.

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