Stefanski and Clark arrested for strapping kids to car. Image via WISH-TV.
Witnesses could not believe their eyes when they saw a car leaving a Fort Wayne, Indiana liquor store with four children strapped to the hood. Bonita Gorsuch, one of the witnesses, told WISH-TV in Indianapolis, “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!’”
Aaron Stefanski, father of three of the children and the driver of car, thought that it would be fun for the children to ride on the hood of the car. Stefanski allegedly strapped the children to the hood of the car while parked at Belmont Beverage around 5:30PM on Monday evening using a tow strap. Indiana’s News Center also reports that Jessica Clark, Stefanski’s passenger and parent of the fourth child allegedly assisted him with strapping the children the car. The pair drove off with the children strapped to the car.
The manager of the liquor store called 911 and the police were able to intercept the vehicle about three blocks away. According to police reports, Stefanski had a blood alcohol content of .17%. Two 24-ounce beers were found in the vehicle.
Clark reportedly tried to leave the scene and dispose of a cup she was holding. Tom Nowak, a witness, told Indiana’s News Center, “Everyone said, ‘No! She watched it all, sat in the passenger seat and let it all happen. Take her too!’ So they called her back and handcuffed her.”
Both Stefanski and Clark have been arrested and charged in regards to the incident. Stefanski, 29, has been charged with neglect of a dependent, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four counts of criminal recklessness. Clark, 29, has been charged with neglect of a dependent.
None of the children, ages 4, 5, 6, and 7, were injured during the ordeal. Stefanski’s three children are currently in the custody of their mother. Clark’s daughter is living with her grandparents for the time being.
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