Credit: Rockingham County Jail
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A Virginia State Police trooper rescued two girls from the back of a U-Haul truck Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, State Police received a call from someone who saw two visibly upset children being forced into the back of a U-Haul truck parked at the northbound Interstate 81 rest area at the 262 mile marker in Rockingham County.
Upon receiving the call, Trooper I.S. Sargent went to the rest area and found the truck before it left the parking lot.
Sargent approached the male driver of the U-Haul, Khalid L. Sheffield, and learned that indeed two girls, ages 4 and 11, were locked inside the back of the truck.
When Sheffield opened the door to the back of the truck, Sargent saw the two girls inside.
Sheffield had his belongings stored in the back of the truck, along with a makeshift bed and some food for the girls.
Upon further searching, Sargent found marijuana and various nondescript pills.
The U-Haul had been traveling from Alabama to Massachusetts, when it stopped at the rest area.
Sargent took Sheffield, 42, of Stockton, California, and his female passenger, Kathleen M. Duenas, 36, of Birmingham, Alabama, into custody without incident.
They are both being held at the Rockingham County Jail.
Sheffield has been charged with one count of kidnapping by a parent, two counts of child endangerment, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, and two counts of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. He is the father of the 11-year-old girl.
Duenas was charged with two counts of child endangerment, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, and two counts of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. She is the mother of the 4-year-old girl.
Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Child Protective Services responded to the rest area to take custody of the sisters.
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