Man and woman drive 1400km with two children in the boot


A man and woman have admitted they drove 1400km across the country with two children in the boot of their car – and two dogs in the backseat.

Michael J. Fee, 63, and 31-year-old Amber L. Freudenstein each pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment after driving from Arizona to Wyoming.

The 63-year-old said there simply wasn’t enough room for both the children, who are aged 10 and six, and the two German shepherds in the back seat, so the children were relegated to the boot.

“I tried to make things as safe as I could for them,” he said, according to the Casper Star Tribune.

Michael J. Fee and Amber L. Freudenstein each pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment after driving from Arizona to Wyoming. Images:  Casper Police Department

“It wasn’t anything malicious.”

Sheriff’s officials say a third party told them the children reported riding in the trunk for much of the drive.

The publication reports the pair, both from parts of Arizona, were sentenced each to 30 days in jail.