Two Southampton residents were arrested Friday evening at a motel in Ronkonkoma after authorities said they fled the East End in an attempt to avoid having their kids seized by Child Protective Services, prompting an Amber Alert to be issued by Southampton Town Police in the middle of a blizzard.
Amy Whitlock, 30, and Christopher Carcione, 47, were arrested by Suffolk County Police at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday—roughly 40 minutes after the Amber Alert for their two young children, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, was issued, according to Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa. Both children were found unharmed and in good health; they were being monitored by CPS due to past drug and weapons charges filed against their parents, according to authorities.
Ms. Whitlock and Mr. Carcione were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child, obstructing government administration and custodial interference, all misdemeanors, according to authorities. They were held at the 5th Precinct in Patchogue and later arraigned at the 1st District Court in Central Islip.
According to Sgt. Costa, they were remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside for the weekend and went before the judge again on Monday when their warrants were vacated. Both children have since been placed in foster care.
According to a release issued by Town Police, CPS representatives contacted town detectives last Friday after they failed several times between last Tuesday and last Thursday to serve orders of protection to Ms. Whitlock and Mr. Carcione on behalf of the two children, who have been neglected by their parents in the past. In order to avoid CPS, the couple fled their home at The Bentley hotel on Hills Station Road in Southampton, though it wasn’t clear where they were staying after leaving the hotel.
Last Thursday, February 7, a Family Court judge ruled that the two children were in imminent and immediate danger and ordered that both be removed from the custody of their parents and handed over to CPS. At the same time, arrest warrants were issued for both parents, according to the release.
At around 11 a.m. on Friday, Mr. Carcione made contact with CPS caseworkers and told them that he had left the state and had no intention of cooperating with authorities. Based on that conversation, CPS notified Town Police and they conducted a brief investigation before initiating a missing persons case.
At 6:20 p.m. on Friday, the Amber Alert was issued and broadcast across all of Long Island. Less than an hour later, the couple and their two children were found by Suffolk County Police at the Econo Lodge Motel on Veterans Highway in Ronkonkoma, police said.