Suffolk County police Wednesday arrested two parents who allegedly left their four kids, including a 4-year-old, home alone without food or heat for nearly a week while they disappeared to a nearby hotel, police said.

Tulio Ayala, 34, and Maria Ayala, 31, were charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor for leaving their children unsupervised at their Central Islip home on Dow Street from Feb. 7 to Feb. 12, police said.

The absent parents were nabbed after concerned Central Islip Public Schools officials learned that the children—ages 4, 8, 13, and 15—were home alone without food or heat, police said.

Investigators later discovered that the couple was staying at a nearby hotel, police said.

They were both scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.

The children were released to a family member, police said.

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