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Report: Moms Barred From Children Following Drug Arrests

Following Wednesday arrests, Tara Riley of Medford and Amanda Kosby of North Bellport are reported to have orders of protection issued against them, reports Newsday.

Two women arrested Wednesday in East Patchogue on drug possession and child endangerment charges have been barred from contacting their children, according to officials' statements to Newsday.

Police previously reported that Tara Riley, 26 of Medford, and Amanda Kosby, 27 of North Bellport, were reportedly found in possesion of a hypodermic needle and heroin while sitting in a Ford Explorer with Riley's four-year-old daughter and Kosby's five-year-old son in the back seat.

According to Bob Clifford, spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney's office who spoke to Newsday, Kosby told officers that she had "shot up earlier" with the intention of doing one bag in the car. Clifford said that she claimed to never want to hurt her son and needed rehab.

Both women were arraigned Thursday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.

Newsday says the bail was set at $1,500 cash or a $3,000 bond for Riley and $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond for Kosby.

Newsday states that orders of protection have been issued against both women, barring them from contacting their children. Both kids were previously reported by police as released to the custody of family members, with notifications sent to Child Protective Services.

Newsday also reported Kosby as having two other recent drug arrests on Nov. 8 and Jan. 31, and that she plead guilty to one single drug possession charge on Feb. 1. Kosby started a 60-day sentence at Suffolk County jail in Riverhead according to a jail official's statement to Newsday, and had gained early release on March 11 for good behavior.

Riley's previous arrests according to the report were a drug possession charge on Dec. 20, and a petty larceny charge on Jan. 31. For both cases, Riley was reportedly released on her own recognizance and the cases were pending as of Thursday according to court records looked up by Newsday.

For Newsday's full update on this case, click here (subscription).

Amy S Keane Prego March 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM
It's very sad the drug problem we have in America . These women should be helped first punished second & gave supervised visitation. Their children don't understand what's going on & they're the ones that are going to feel the ramifications from their frog addicted parents. It's time we, this country stand up to drugs, by more than punishing individuals .
Fed Up Resident March 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Wake up Amy! Would you feel that David laffer should be helped first than punished?? People need to take responsibility for themselves. Drugs are only the problem when you make a decision to do them!
Cindi Sansone-Braff March 23, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Read between the lines in the above news story. Both women were arrested previously on drug charges, and received slaps on the wrist, and quickly set free to go on their merry ways. Was Child Protective Services notified then? Why weren't the women sentenced to a monitored and mandatory drug treatment program where they were regularly drug tested? We have a massive drug problem on Long Island that has reached epidemic proportions. They are all our children and the ease and availability that anyone can purchase Heroin is something that has to be addressed. I pray for these young women, for their children, and for all Long Island. As a community, we must come together, admit that we are a drug infested culture, and come up with lasting solutions to this drug epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
John Loper March 24, 2013 at 03:11 PM
two pathetic losers
Ben Vitale March 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM
We have got to watch what we are doing! I would not be too eager to remove children from their parents; the child could suffer irreparable emotional damage. I agree with Amy; Parents should be put into a monitored Drug treatment program, immediately. I would leave the decision of Parent/ child separation up to the judgment of a judge and social worker. What scares me; would you take the child of a parent who is taking prescription drugs for a chronic back pain? Would you take the child of a parent who has marijuana in his car? Drugs are epidemic; what would you do with the children of half the population? Laws are often put in place without testing the extremes. Parent/ child separation is just as bad as the drug problem, except that the child is the ultimate victim. We must expedite with care and compassion!

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