Woodinville Couple Caught Speeding with 3 Children in Trunk, State Patrol Says

A Woodinville couple was arrested Sunday after they were allegedly caught speeding on Interstate 405 with the woman's three children and a small dog locked in the trunk, according to The Herald.

WOODINVILLE, WA -- A local couple was arrested Sunday after they were allegedly caught speeding with the woman's three children and a small dog locked in the trunk, according to The Herald.

The Woodinville woman was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol trooper just before 11 a.m. in Bothell going 77 mph in a 60-mph zone on Interstate 405 northeast of Seattle, trooper Keith Leary said. 

She didn't say anything about the children until about 30 minutes into the roadside stop when the trooper heard thumping coming from the trunk and asked about the noise, the report said. 

The children, an 8-year-old girl, and two boys, 5 and 7, were taken into protective custody – and reportedly fed lunch by troopers after the kids said they hadn't eaten since the day before.

A guitar and a snowboard filled up the backseat, the report said. A search of the car reportedly turned up heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills in the car. 

The woman, 28, and her fiancé, 27, were taken to the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of drug charges. The dog was taken to a shelter. The couple is expected to be criminally charged sometime before Wednesday afternoon.

On Facebook, people were sharing and commenting on the story. Following is a few of the comments posted:

Rochelle Crone I always think I've heard of everything, but I guess not. I'm glad they were caught.

Dale Presler No parent of the year awards coming there I expect

Robyn Lamoreux Yes! PLEASE! This is another case that proves people should have to pass a test and get a license to have children.

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Ruth Forsberg September 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM
This makes me sick to my stomach and I pray that those poor children are never returned to their parents. They, along with the dog, deserve to live in a safe environment away from the drugs and parents who don't care about anything but themselves. I am glad that she was speeding . . .
Jennifer David September 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM
"If people truly want to be rehabilitated, they can overcome their addictions. " But can the children overcome the damage that's been done to them? Can they overcome the abuse they've suffered?
Marianna September 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Not all addicts behave that way. Addiction is a mental illness, much the same as bi-polar disorder, and manic depressiveness. In extreme situations children should definitely be removed from the home. If you ask children where they want to live though, 9 chance out of 10 they want to remain with their parents. In less severe cases, and cases where the guardians are successfully in recovery wouldn't it be more tramatizing to remove children from their "HOME." Love is love, a parent is a parent and nothing can replace a parents love. Most homes in this age have some form of disfunctionality to one degree or another. Abuse and neglect is not a phenom limited solely to families struggling with mental health issues or addiction. The solution is not as has been thus far suggested your comments.The only way to combat this is educating our youth and raising awareness of mental health, addiction, and drugs. For far too long issues considered taboo, or frightening have been swept under the rug cultivating an environment in which ignorance is able to grow rampant. The lotus blooms most beatiful and thrives in the dirtiest, inhospitable environments.
Goldie September 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Addition is a mental illness? Give me a break! What is the criteria you are basing your psychological diagnosis on?
bugga boo September 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This is so not ok!!! The mom and boyfriend need to go to jail for years and years!!! They should never be allowed to have those children back. My heart goes out to the children!!! I wish I could help.them. This is just awful. I pray that the children find a loving foster family to take care of them.


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