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Woman arrested, daughter was in box on top of van

Auburn_Ag

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It's a story that's made national headlines, if only for being so bizarre. Now, the mother and daughter involved are speaking only to WAAY 31.

A woman from Boaz was arrested over the weekend, and charged with child endangerment after her teenaged daughter was seen riding down the road in a cardboard box - on top of the family mini-van!

Albertville Police say Jackie Denise Knott of Boaz was arrested Saturday morning.

Officers say they received a call of a minivan traveling on Highway 431 with a large cardboard box on the roof, with a child inside the box.

Officers say they were able to stop the van on Hwy 431 near Tyson Foods and discovered a 13 year old female inside the box. Officers say when Knott was questioned about why the child was inside the box her reply was that "the box was too big to go inside the van and she would be able to hold it down if she was inside the box."

Officers say when asked about the safety of the child her reply was "that the box was tied to the van with a clothes hanger." Albertville Police Officer Jamie Smith is still in shock over the case. "It's one of those things when you've been doing this awhile.. you think you've seen everything. And then there's something new and then you go - 'haven't seen that one!'"

Knott was taken into custody for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and taken to the Albertville City Jail. The girl was turned over to a relative at the scene. Police say DHR will be notified on the incident.

Now, the woman and her daughter are speaking out - only to WAAY 31. Haley Henderson says her mom is a great parent, and takes full blame for what happened. "My mom told me 'No.' It was a bad idea and I did it anyways." Haley told WAAY 31's Tiffaney Bradley. She says the boxes were for an event at a local church. "I was going to a 30 hour phantom at Life Point Church in Albertville" Haley said. "We were not going to eat for thirty hours, and raise money for the hungry, and we were going to sleep outside in boxes. We already had two big boxes in the car and there was no room for the other one. "

Haley says she decided to put the third box on top of the family minivan but it wouldn't stay in place. Haley thought it would be fun to climb inside and use her body to weigh it down. That's an idea her mother now regrets. "We were going twenty miles per hour." Jackie Knott told WAAY 31. "We were going slow as possible. We almost were about a mile and a half from the church making it there I know don't it was just a bad decision."


Despite the bad decision, Haley says the incident is being blown out of proportion, and her mom doesn't deserve to be called a bad parent. "She's an awesome mom. I mean, everyone likes her and you ask anyone in our neigborhood. She's a good mom and she would never do anything wrong."


Only in Alabama could this happen. :)
 

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Most of this could be true, not just a daughter defending her mother.
But, even if this was the daughter's idea, mom should have vetoed daughter's idea.
 

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In DFW a few years back some guy put his daughter on top of the car to hold down a mattress. Took off at about 60mph--Yea,it blew off,took the kid with it-killed her.
 

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alacattleman":34f0xwol said:
too bad they didnt make it too jackson co... they would have gotten a clean gettaway

You are correct! What tickles me the most is when the mother says, "we only had about a mile and half to go". The total trip was about 8.5 miles
 

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our marine police, was talking about a albertville police buddy of his.. said he pulled over some mexicans pulling another car loaded with mexicans with a chain... he thought they where having car trouble,,, turned out the car didnt even run at all,, they where using it just riding too work like a train :lol2:
 

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alacattleman":36m4aqja said:
our marine police, was talking about a albertville police buddy of his.. said he pulled over some mexicans pulling another car loaded with mexicans with a chain... he thought they where having car trouble,,, turned out the car didnt even run at all,, they where using it just riding too work like a train :lol2:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Cal
 

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alacattleman":247y85l2 said:
our marine police, was talking about a albertville police buddy of his.. said he pulled over some mexicans pulling another car loaded with mexicans with a chain... he thought they where having car trouble,,, turned out the car didnt even run at all,, they where using it just riding too work like a train :lol2:

At least they were working. The natives here live in baby hatching projects, deal drugs and draw Gov. checks.
 

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im sure auburn-ag can tell you about lil' mexico, its a sight too behold... looks like about 500 moble homes on 10 acres probably 15 per home
 

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alacattleman":1wiccxpn said:
im sure auburn-ag can tell you about lil' mexico, its a sight too behold... looks like about 500 moble homes on 10 acres probably 15 per home

I can tell you, its like going to a differnt country and it only took 15 min to get there! The mobile home parks don't rent by the trailer, they rent by the number of heads that are at the trailer. But believe it or not there are not as many as before. Some have went home do to the fact that there are not many poultry houses being built.
 

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