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Four kids rescued from hood of moving car, Fort Wayne police say

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(CBS) FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Two people are in police custody after they allegedly strapped four children to the hood of a car and drove off after leaving a Fort Wayne liquor store, CBS affiliate WANE reported.

Police said someone called 911 Monday afternoon to report that a man and a woman had kids strapped to a car roof. 

"I couldn't believe it! They had this strap across their legs. They were squirming to get out. They didn't know what to do. And I told the people in the car, 'Don't do that!'," said Bonita Gorsuch, one resident who saw the vehicle.

"They were scared being strapped up there. It was very dangerous. It was really a sad thing because they could have been killed," said Gorsuch.

"They were all drunk. They were all all high, or whatever. They've got babies on a car! That's not nice," said another eyewitness, Tom Nowak.

Shortly after Gorsuch confronted the couple, a U.S. Marshal saw the children near the Fort Wayne intersection of Fairfield Avenue and Poplar Street and stopped the vehicle for police.

Police said the driver, Aaron Stefanski, 29, of Fort Wayne, had a blood alcohol content of .17 and was charged with three counts of operating while intoxicated and one count of neglect of a dependent. His passenger, 29-year-old Jessica Clark, also of Fort Wayne, was charged with one count of neglect of a dependent.

Police said the children - ages four, five, six and seven - did not appear to be hurt. Three of the children were Stefanski's, while one belonged to Clark. Employees with the Department of Children Services were also called to the scene.

It was unclear who currently has custody of the children.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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