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Modesto woman arrested after police find children in back of U-Haul

A Modesto woman was arrested Wednesday night after police pulled over the U-Haul truck she was driving and discovered three children in the back cargo area.

Jennifer Nolan, 32, was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on child endangerment charges, according to Lt. Jolene Gonzales of the Modesto Police Department.

Nolan was pulled over for a traffic stop in the 1500 block of McHenry Avenue. There was a man and an unrestrained 2-year-old in the front seat. Police also discovered Nolan was driving with a suspended license, Gonzales said.

The woman didn't mention the children in the cargo area, and when police went to search the back about 15 minutes later, they discovered two 13-year-olds and a 4-year-old.

"I've worked in the department 28 years and this is the first time I've heard of something like this," she said. "It's unbelievable someone would do that to her children. One wrong swerve, and the kids back there could end up dead."

Gonzales said Nolan told officers that there was simply no room for the other children in the cab.

Gonzales said the children "seemed to be in OK condition." Aside from the kids, the cargo area had just a few miscellaneous items.

Three of the children were Nolan's, and all were placed in the custody of Stanislaus County Child Protective Services.

The mother of the other 13-year-old came and picked her child up, Gonzales said.

The man was not arrested.

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