Three people were arrested at the California/Arizona border after five children were found stuffed inside a makeshift wooden box in the back of a pickup truck, officials said.
Kenneth Standridge, 40, Zona Brasier, 39, and Aushajuan Hardy, 41, of Sacramento, California, were taken into custody on Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said.
The children were found around 2 p.m. Thursday along Interstate 40 near Fenner’s rest stop in Needles, California, the sheriff’s office said.
Five small children, ages 1 to 13, were found in the wooden crate in the back of the pickup truck. Officials said the children were left in the truck bed with no seat belts, no ventilation or air conditioning and no water. It was around 100 degrees outside.
Officers also found illegal drugs and a shotgun.
Standridge, Brasier and Hardy were booked into jail on child endangerment charges.
San Bernardino County Children and Family Services took custody of the children. It's not clear if the adults and children were related.
CNN contributed to this report.