Couple accused of leaving 5 children in unheated box truck will be offered plea deal

Couple charged in December

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. - A couple charged with neglect after police found five of their children in the back of a cold moving truck has been offered a plea deal.

David Detjen, 41, and his wife, Rebecca Detjen, 40, were arrested in November after state police in Henry County found five of their seven children locked inside the back of an unheated, rented box truck.

The couple, who said they were down on their luck, told police they packed their belongings for a cross-country trip from western Pennsylvania to California.

Two children and three cats were found in the cab of the truck, police said. The other five children and several other cats were found in the back of the truck.

The couple, who each pleaded not guilty to a single count of felony neglect, appeared at a pre-trial conference Thursday afternoon by phone.

Henry Co. Prosecutor Joe Bergacs offered the couple a deal to plead guilty to one charge of neglect. They have a week to accept.

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