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Suffolk Moms Had Heroin in Car with Kids, Cops Say
Two mothers who were allegedly in possession of heroin and who police said had gotten high earlier in the day Wednesday were arrested in East Patchogue after being discovered inside a parked car along with their children and open heroin bags, Suffolk County police said.
Two police officers were on patrol when they saw the two women—26-year-old Tara Riley of Medford and 27-year-old Amanda Kosby of North Bellport—sitting in a 2002 Ford Explorer in the parking lot of East Winds apartment complex on Montauk Highway at 9:30 p.m., police said.
Both women were allegedly in possession of “hypodermic instruments containing heroin,” police said. Riley’s 4-year-old daughter and Kosby’s 5-year-old son were in the back passengers seat, police said.
The two officers also found open bags of heroin on the front seat, police said, adding that the women said they had gotten high earlier in the day.
Riley and Kosby were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Both women will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Thursday.
Both children were released into the custody of family members, police said. Suffolk County Child Protective Services was also notified.