Two New York parents are behind bars after they left their four children alone and unsupervised in their Central Islip home for six days.
These miserable excuses for parental units left their kids entirely unprepared for any absence–let alone a prolonged one. Police were notified of the children’s living arrangement after their grandmother reported that they had been left by themselves. School officials forwarded the information to the police.
An investigation determined that Tulio (34) and Maria (31) Ayala left the children alone in temperatures that dipped below freezing with no food in the house. The children, ages 4, 8, 13, and 15, fended for themselves from Friday, February 7 until Wednesday, February 12. An oven was used to heat the home in the parents’ absence.
The Ayalas claim that they were having marital problems and left the kids with their grandmother (yes, the one who reported that the children had been left alone) who lives in the basement. They say they left the kids $100, food stamps, and space heaters. “We were having marital problems, and so I told my mom, ‘I’ll be back in a few days — can you watch them?’ And you know, she said she was fine with it,” Tulio said. “I left them with money in my own house, and she lives in the basement and everything, so they were not unattended.”
He purports that the grandmother never informed them that she did not want to watch them. “She never called or attempted to text me, and said look, ‘I don’t want to watch them,’” Tulio claimed. “I would have come home.”
According to neighbor Cathy Martin the grandmother could not afford to take care of the children, worked, and was not home supervising the kids. She says that this is not the first time the children have been left alone by the Ayalas. “You can tell when somebody needs something, and the little girl, Sasha — which is my sweetheart; they all are – she would always tell me they were, ‘I’m hungry,’ and I would always, just, you know, give her stuff,” Martin said. “I didn’t know it was to this level.”
The names of the children have not been officially released, but they are unharmed and have been left in the care of a different relative–presumably one who would not leave them without heat or sustenance.
The Ayalas, who have been charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, say they will fight to get their children back.