Central Islip (WALK) - Police have arrested a couple that allegedly abandoned their four children, one only 4 years old, in a house with no heat and no food for almost an entire week.
Maria Ayala and her husband Tulio (pictured at left) allegedly left the kids on their own at their home on Dow Street while the couple was warm and safe themselves at a nearby hotel. Officials in the Central Islip School District reportedly found out and contacted police.
The children's ages are 4, 8, 13 and 15. They were reportedly left unsupervised from February 7th to the 12th, but none were hurt.
The parents are charged wtih endangering the welfare of a minor. The kids are now in the custody of a family member.
Photo: Suffolk Police