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Cops: NY kids left alone 6 days; parents at hotel

Updated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A New York couple has been arrested after police say they left their two teenagers and two younger children alone without food or heat for six days while they stayed at a hotel.

Tulio and Maria Ayala of Central Islip (EYE'-slihp) on Long Island are each charged with four counts of child endangerment.

Police say their children were left unsupervised while the couple stayed at a nearby hotel. The children's ages are 15, 13, 8 and 4.

The Central Islip school district contacted authorities. The couple was arrested Wednesday. Their attorneys' names were not immediately available.