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Five children rescued from box in back of truck on I‑40

May 14, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, May 12 at 2:04 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department investigated a call for service regarding small children riding in the bed of a pick-up truck inside a small crate along Interstate‑40 near Fenner's rest stop.

Five small children, ages ranging from 1-13 years old, were located in a make shift wood box affixed to the truck bed. The victims were left unrestrained in the truck bed with no ventilation, water or air conditioning and outside temperatures were around 100 degrees. Illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun were also located in the vehicle.

Kenneth Standridge (40 of Sacramento) was arrested for child endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm and suspicion of driving under the influence. Standridge was booked into the Colorado River Station jail with a bail of $75,000. and is being held pending a court hearing.

Zona Brasier (39 of Sacramento) was arrested for child endangerment. Brasier was booked into the Colorado River Station jail with a bail amount of $150,000 and is being held pending a court hearing

Aushajuan Hardy (41 of Sacramento) was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and wanted on a no bail felony warrant out of Sacramento. Hardy was arrested for child endangerment and his no bail warrant. Hardy was booked into the Colorado River Station jail and is being held without bail, pending a court hearing.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell or Detective Tim Preston at the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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