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Pennsylvania woman caught with 8 kids in passenger compartment of pickup truck

By Mason White 10:44 AM June 25, 2013
Dawn Meek, photo from previous arrest 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) After a fun day at the pool, a woman was on her way home when police stopped her.

According to Police Chief John Hartman, Dawn Meek, 34, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania was pulled over by police.

Police spotted Meek around 7:30 pm on Saturday, as she was speeding while two people were sitting in the bed of her truck. When the officer approached the vehicle, they saw a total of eight children aged between 7-months-old and 10-years-old, in the cabin of the truck, Hartman said.

Meek claims that police were wrong when they claimed that there were eight children in the cabin, according to her, there were “only” six children in the truck and she was not driving far. Some of the children were hers and the other children belonged to the woman, who is the alleged owner of the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, police found that Meek was driving with a suspended licence. “Why did she do that? I do not know if there is any acceptable excuse,” Hartman said.

According to Hartman, none of the children were properly restrained in seat belts or child safety seats. The seven-month-old, who was in a car seat, was not properly secured to the vehicle and was placed in the center console, police said. “She was strapped in. She was in a car seat. I was not driving with a 7-month-old baby in my arms,” Meek said.

She was also cited for not having the 3-year-old in a car seat. Meek said: “She should have been in a booster. That’s my fault, and I paid for it.” Meek, who was driving on a suspended driver’s license, was cited for driving with a suspended licence, having passengers in open trucks and children without proper restraint systems, Hartman said.
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