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7 Children, 18 Cats Found In Box Truck

Last updated on Thursday, November 29, 2012

(NEW CASTLE) - Police in New Castle say that seven children were found in a box truck late Wednesday night.

Indiana State Police at the Pendleton Post received information from a caller saying their relatives had left Pennsylvania in a rented moving truck carrying their seven children, with at least five of them riding in the back storage area.

Troopers were looking for the truck on I-70 and located it pulling into a Flying J truck stop at the New Castle exit just before 10 p.m.

State Police approached the husband and wife who had two small children in the front of the truck with them.

Troopers then found an 18-year-old and four underage children ages 9 - 17 years of age riding in the back of the unheated truck.

Police also found 18 cats riding in the truck with the children.

David K. Detzen, 41, and his wife Rebecca S. Detzen, 40, were arrested and preliminarily charged with four counts of neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony. They were taken to the Henry County Jail.

The children were turned over to Child Protective Services.

Henry County Animal Control obtained the cats.

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