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3 Arrested after Children and Adults Found in Back of Locked U-Haul Truck

Thursday, 02 August 2012

Three people are in custody after 911 got a call about two children being beaten and then thrown into the back of a U-Haul Truck at the Wal-Mart at Walker Springs Road Thursday afternoon.  Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office spotted the truck and pulled it over just west of Watt Road at 1 p.m. and found three white males in the front seat and two children (a 6 year old girl and a 9 year old boy) and 4 white males and one white female in the back of the  locked truck.  The truck was filled with furniture with people sitting on dressers and tables.  There was no ventilation.   The parents of the children were in a separate car and pulled over when officers stopped the truck.

There are conflicting stories, but all the people claim to be related.  They said they were moving from Steubenville, Ohio to Fort Myers, Florida.  All said they were from Steubenville except one man who was from Wheeling, West Virginia.

Twenty-five year old Rocky Ewing, who was driving the truck, is charged with 7 counts of reckless endangerment.  The parents of the two children, 30 year old Joshuwa Jackson and his 30 year old wife, Mary, are charged with 2 counts of child endangerment.  The children were released to the custody of the grandmother who was riding in the back of the truck.  The Department of Children’s Services has been notified.

The truck was towed because out of all the people not arrested, only the grandmother had a valid driver’s license and she didn’t want to drive the truck.

Rocky Ewing Mary Jackson Joshuwa Jackson









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