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Indiana Police Find 5 Kids, 18 Cats In Back Of Moving Van [Video]

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Indianapolis , IN – Indiana State Police arrested two parents after troopers found their five children and 18 cats riding in the back of a moving truck.

According to WTVR News, police charged David Detzen, 41, and Rebecca Detzen, 40, of Fairmount City, Pennsylvania with four felony counts of neglect of a dependent after allegedly finding their 18-year-old daughter and four other children, ages 9-17, in the cargo area of the rental truck Wednesday night.

“They were wearing coats and they had sleeping bags but they had no way to communicate with their parents in the front of the truck,” Sgt. John Bowling with the Indiana State Police said, noting that the temperature when the children were discovered in the unheated storage area was around 32 degrees.

Also in the back of the truck along with boxes of family belongings were 18 cats in pet carriers. Two additional children, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, rode in the cab with the parents.

Police said they were alerted by an anonymous phone call tip from a relative in Pennsylvania that claimed there was a Budget rental box truck approaching the Ohio-Indiana border on I-70 from the east.

The caller told police there were children in the back of the truck.

Troopers then waited and watched for the truck and eventually found it near the New Castle exit of I-70 at the Flying “J” truck stop just before 10 pm, according to CBS affiliate WTVR6.

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The Detzen family told troopers they had all their belongings in the truck as they made their way to California for a job opportunity.

The seven of the kids are now with child protective services. David and Rebecca Detzen are in the Henry County jail. Their bond was set at $5,000.

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9 Responses to “Indiana Police Find 5 Kids, 18 Cats In Back Of Moving Van [Video]”

  1. Natalie Ellis

    REally? jail is soooooooo going to help these people…personally I grew up in some pretty strange conditions at times, the kids DID have cell phones, I know those kids probably threw a fit and cried their lil eyes out to keep their little kitties (i know mine would) cats all in kennels…i mean seriously these people were trying to move cross country for a JOB OPPORTUNITY is it the best situation? clearly not but putting them in jail traumatizing these kids that are now in state custody and more animals in shelters wth…i called the damn police station in new castle, indiana and asked what I could do to help these people I was told to call back tomorrow.

  2. Teresa Zambito

    Give me a break you can,t for real thats gross 18 cats . those kids are better off somewhere else . can you think of the smell in the back of the truck from those cats . i,d never put my kids through that ' maybe you would. so you take the kids

  3. Jo Ann Holton

    don't be to quick to judge these people, you nor I know what they are going thru, nor do we know how often they switched the kids riding in the cab of the truck and maybe even the parents took turns in the backof the truck, WHO KNOWS!

  4. Denise LeDuc

    what the heck was that relative think. Do they not realize that not only were they causing problems for their own family. But now they will be asked to warehouse these children as family members. And when the kids find out who caused this problem. How resentful do you they will be? These days families have to do what they have to do to survive. At least they are not abandoning their children and pets and running off. They were going for a JOB. the economy these days sucks. At least they were not living on the public dole. Who has the right to condemn them for trying to achieve the American Dream and provide their children with a better life?

  5. Sheri Dennis

    Really sad….how is arresting the parents and taking the kids going to help this family? Not to mention taking the cats where they will probably be put down…..Now if it had been a group of illegal aliens crossing the border illegally they would have been welcomed with open arms with NO ARREST, free health care, free food, a place to stay and supported at the expense of the taxpayer…..pathetic!

  6. Natalie Ellis

    CLEARLY YOUVE BEEN BLESSED WITH NEVER HAVING TO DO SOMETHING THAT WASNT THE GREATEST BUT GOT YOU THROUGH..THE ANIMALS WERE ALL IN KENNELS HELLO ..IVE DRIVEN 12 HOURS WITH 2 CATS AND THEY NEVER ONCE PEED IN MY CAR…SOMETIMES YOU JUST DOBNT HAVE A CHOICE YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOTTA TO DO KEEP SURVIVING..GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND COME BACK DOWN TO REALITY LADY AND I USE THAT TERM QUITE LOOSELY

  7. Natalie Ellis

    DO YOU HAVE ANY CLUE WHAT THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM IS LIKE? APPARENTLY NOT .. THEY WERE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR FAMILY TOGETHER AND GET TO A PLACE WHERE THE FATHER COULD WORK ..THIS CLIP DOESNT TELL THE WHOLE STORY …THESE PEOPLE WERE NOT ABUSING THEIR CHILDREN,DOING DRUGS, DRIVING RECKLESSLY THEY WERE DOING THE BEST THEY COULD WITH WHAT THEY HAD…BE CAREFUL BEFORE YOU JUDGE SO QUICKLY ..YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU MAY ENDURE TOMORROW CHIC

  8. Abby Terrell

    The parents had a house that was paid for in PA, the father is a registered sex offender, both parents have already been charged with child neglect in 2009. The have been living on government assistance for a long time. Last month they were given $15k to home school the kids and the government gave them money to travel. The parents told the family they were renting a van along with the moving truck. Dont feel sorry for the parents at all! Last year with thier tax return, they went to Disney World. The ones you should feel sorry for are the kids cause thier parents have neglected them for a long time. If you donate money the parents will just take it and spend it on other things. These people have learned how to ise the system to thier advantage and not taking care of the kids. The kids have been victims thier whole life. Maybe now they can live with family members and have a chance.