Trooper Rescues Children Traveling in Back of U-Haul

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- On Tuesday, Trooper I.S. Sargent discovered two young girls in the back of an U-Haul truck, wedged between a makeshift bed and drugs.

It all unfolded at a rest area near mile marker 262 on Interstate 81.

"There was no heat in the back of the U-Haul truck. There is no cooling system in the back of a U-Haul truck. There are no seat belts. It did not make it a safe environment for the children, let alone an adult," said Trooper Sargent.

According to Virginia State Police, Khalid Sheffield is the father of the 11-year-old girl and Kathleen Duenas is the mother of the 4-year-old girl. They were both charged with child endangerment, along with other charges dealing with possession of drugs.

Trooper Sargent says it was a simple phone call from a concerned onlooker that helped him rescue the girls. He doesn't consider himself a hero.

"Thank goodness that we have people on the Interstate that think enough to call the Virginia State Police when they see something not normal and use their rational thinking," said Sargent.

Deborah Moyer who stopped by the rest area Wednesday is in disbelief.

"It kind of makes me enraged because, one, why would someone do that to a child? And two, to their own child?" said Moyer.

"The lady who called this in deserves all the credit for this and she did a great job and the Virginia State Police thanks her," said Sargent.

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