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Grandmother To Pick Up Children Traveling In U-Haul

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COOPERTOWN, Tenn. - It was a move across the country that landed one mother in jail.

Moving with children is never easy, but that's no excuse to put them in the back of a moving truck.

Cooperstown police arrested a Georgia woman after she made a stop in Middle Tennessee. Police said Quiana Deberry was traveling from Georgia to Illinois with five children in the enclosed cargo area of the U-Haul moving truck.

"When I first approached the U-Haul, one of the small children was sleeping in between two couches," said Coopertown Sgt. Adam Bennett.

Police said when Deberry stopped in Robertson County someone spotted the children unrestrained inside the windowless cargo area. The back of the truck doesn't have any air conditioning.

"Common sense would tell you that a child can't be in the rear of a U-Haul moving van with no way to breathe or anything," Bennett said.

Police the children ranged in age from 5 to 13 years old. Four other children were found unrestrained in the front seat. Deberry was traveling with nine children and her 18-year-old sister.

"Apparently she's have some relationship issues with one of the fathers of the children," Bennett said.

Deberry was charged with five counts of reckless endangerment. She spent the night in the Robertson County Jail and the town of Coopertown put her children up at a hotel in Springfield. Coopertown is 25 miles north of Nashville and 20 miles south of Clarksville.

Police said the kids lives were in danger.

"You can tell that the things aren't packed tightly or secured, which put these kids in danger right off the back," Bennett said.

Deberry bonded out of jail Thursday morning.

Police said the woman claimed to be trying to leave a bad relationship. The children could've been hurt while riding in the back of the moving truck. Police talked with the children's grandmother who plans to travel from Chicago to get the children.

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