Four children locked in moving truck, parents arrested

By WLOX Staff

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - For the second time in a week, parents are charged with locking their children in the back of a moving truck.

Monday afternoon, someone called the Highway Patrol to report seeing an adult lock a child inside a truck at a Gulfport gas station and then drive off to Interstate ten.

A Hancock County deputy stopped the truck on the Jourdan River Bridge and found four girls, ages 7, 10, 11 and 15, in back of the truck. Their parents rode in the truck's cab.

John and Kimberly Leinweber of Atlantic Beach Florida are charged with four counts each of child endangerment.

Highway Patrol Spokesman Johnny Poulos told WLOX News the couple was moving from Florida to Springfield, Louisiana. The couple is being held without bond. Their children were released into the custody of a grandparent from Louisiana.

Last week, a Pensacola woman and her boyfriend were arrested on I-10 in Harrison County after a witness reported seeing six children locked into the back of a moving truck.

Riding in the back of a moving truck can be very dangerous because exhaust fumes can collect there. The trucks are also locked from the outside and there's no way for passengers to communicate with the driver.

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