Plea deal to be offered to couple found traveling with 5 children, 18 cats in moving truck

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A plea deal has been offered for the couple charged with neglect after police discovered their five children and 18 cats in the back of a moving truck.

David Detjen, 41, and Rebecca Detjen, 40, were arrested in late November after police found the children in the unheated storage area of the truck.

An anonymous caller told authorities that a relative had left Pennsylvania bound for California in a rented moving truck.  Troopers were able to locate the truck on Interstate 70 in Henry County.

David Detjen told the troopers he was headed to California for a new job opportunity.

The couple pleaded not guilty to one count each of felony neglect.

Henry County Prosecutor Joe Bergacs said the Detjens will appear for a pre-trial conference Thursday afternoon.  He said he will offer the deal for the couple to plead guilty to one charge of neglect.

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