NEW CASTLE– Indiana State Police arrested two parents after troopers found their children riding in the back of a moving truck.
An anonymous caller tipped off troopers at the Pendleton Post Wednesday night saying their relative had left Pennsylvania in a rented moving truck.
According to a press release from Indiana State Police, the caller told police the relative was traveling with at least five children in the storage area of the truck.
Troopers patrolling I-70 spotted a truck matching the description at the Flying “J” truck stop at Exit 123, State Road 3.
Trooper Nick Razor made contact with the occupants of the truck, David K. Detjen, 41, and Rebecca S. Detjen, 40, both of Fairmount City, Penn.
David told Trooper Razor he and his family were headed to California for a new job opportunity.
Inside the cab of the moving truck, Trooper Razor found two small children, and upon further investigation, he found an 18-year-old girl and four underage siblings aged 9 to 17 riding in the unheated storage section of the truck.
Trooper Razor said two of the children were riding on the top of boxes stacked high in the rear of the truck.
In addition to the five children in the rear of the truck, Trooper Razor found 18 cats traveling with the children.
The press release states there were sleeping bags in the back of the truck, but no heat or communication with their parents in the front of the truck.
Both David and Rebecca Detjen were arrested, charged with four counts of Neglect of a Dependent, a Class D Felony.
The children were turned over to Child Protective Services. Henry County Animal Control took possession of the cats.