CLEVELAND (AP) — Two city workers thought something was amiss when they saw five children getting into the back of a U-Haul truck at a gas station. They stopped the driver from leaving and called 911.
Elyria police and firefighters arrived Wednesday afternoon and found the children, ranging in age from 2 to 15, soaked with sweat, infested with lice and covered with flea and bedbug bites.
A woman who described herself as the children’s godmother was in the back of the U-Haul being driven by a 55-year-old man. Her fiance was a passenger in the truck’s cab.
The woman, 25-year-old Jamie Adkins, explained to officers that she had been caring for the four younger children the last two weeks and that they had left Cleveland early that morning to travel to a flea market in Amherst, a city in Lorain County near Elyria. Adkins said she had called the children’s mother, who hadn’t seen them for two weeks, and had told her where they were going and how they’d be getting there.
Adkins told police the mother said she hoped the kids “would have fun.”