NEEDLES, Calif. (KTTV) -- Five children were found in a small crate attached to the bed of a truck with no ventilation, water or air conditioning, while outside temperatures were around 100 degrees, authorities said Wednesday.
KFSN reports deputies responded to a call on Tuesday around 2 p.m. reporting small children riding in the bed of a pick-up truck on Interstate 40. The truck was found and stopped, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
The children, who are all between the ages of one and 13 years old, were not properly restrained, authorities said. Illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun were also located in the vehicle.
Kenneth Standridge, 40, Zona Brasier, 39, and Aushajuan Hardy, 41, all residents of Sacramento, were arrested and charged with child endangerment.
Standridge faces additional charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm and suspicion of driving under the influence. Hardy was found to be on "Post Release Community Supervision" and wanted on a no-bail felony warrant out of Sacramento.