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5 kids found in makeshift box near Arizona border, 3 adults arrested

Posted at 12:38 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 13:38:46-04

NEEDLES, CA — Five children were found in a wooden box in the back of a pickup truck in California on Tuesday.

The children were found near the Arizona border, according to deputies.

Authorities responded to a call about the children in a crate in a vehicle along Interstate 40 .

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded and located the truck in the city of Needles.

Deputies said five young children were left unrestrained in the truck bed with no ventilation, no water and no air conditioning.

Outside temperatures were around 100 degrees.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies also discovered illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.

They arrested three adults for child endangerment.

The San Bernardino County Children and Family Services took custody of the children.

It's not clear if the adults and children were related.