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Kids found in U-Haul cargo in Modesto; mom arrested

A Modesto mother was taken into custody after her children were found in the storage area of a U-Haul truck on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

July 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Modesto mother was taken into custody after her children were found in the storage area of a U-Haul truck.

Police made the discovery at about 10 p.m. Thursday during a traffic stop. The three children were in the storage area above the cab of the rented U-Haul van.

State law requires children to be properly restrained within a vehicle's passenger compartment.

The three children were unhurt. They were handed off to other family members.

Police said the mother, Jennifer Nolan, who was driving with a suspended license, was not only guilty of bad judgment. Authorities who examined her children said they discovered evidence pointing to other forms of abuse.

Nolan was charged with child neglect.