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Child endangerment arrest

KINGMAN - A homeless couple was arrested and their four children were removed from their custody after police say the children were subjected to unbearably high temperatures while traveling in the back of a rental truck.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said officers contacted the parents, identified as Edward Lawrence Nelson, 37, and Beth Anne Nelson, 32, around 4 p.m. Saturday while they were standing next to a moving truck as it was stopped in the 2700 block of Andy Devine Avenue.

The couple reportedly told officers they were traveling from Oklahoma to Washington. Three of the four kids, ages 14, 11 and 8, were traveling in the enclosed portion of the truck while a 1-year-old infant was traveling up front with the mother and father in the passenger compartment.

Cooper said the family had been stopping every half an hour to open and ventilate the box portion of the truck for the kids. Edward Nelson reportedly said it was so hot, he was afraid for both his own health and that of his kids.

Cooper said officers closed the back hatch to get a feel for the type of temperatures the kids were traveling in. After 10 minutes with the door closed, temperatures exceeded 115 degrees, he said.

Both of the Nelsons were booked into the Mohave County Jail on charges of child endangerment. The four kids were turned over to the custody of Child Protective Services.

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