A Ramsay, Minnesota, man was charged with child neglect and theft of a motor vehicle after police pulled over a van swerving and making illegal turns early Tuesday morning.
KARE reports that at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police pulled over a van after seeing the vehicle swerving on the road and making illegal turns. As the officers approached the van, they noticed the driver, a pregnant woman, going into labor. Two other adults and seven children were crammed into the vehicle. Five of the seven children were 5-years-old and younger. Some of the children had clear packing tape over their mouths. One of the older children told the officers that their younger siblings were playing with the packing tape themselves.
According to KSTP, officers noticed a marijuana smell when they approached the van, and one of the children, identified as a 1-year-old, was sitting in a booster seat that wasn’t fastened appropriately. EMS personnel arrived shortly after and checked over the children; they were released to family members. The pregnant mother was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
When police ran the van’s license plate, it came back as stolen in the state of Missouri. Officers searched the vehicle and found a Taurus .40 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine. The firearm and its ammo were located close to the feet of the children.
Twenty-six-year-old Deszion Marquese Wraggs, identified as the father of the children, said that the gun was his and he admitted that he didn’t have a permit to carry the weapon. Police indicate that he had the gun hidden under the seats of the car. He told officers that he had rented the van for a few days with a credit card, but that the card ran out of money.
Wraggs was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor neglect of a child.
[Feature Photo: Ramsey PD]