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Crated daughter leads to charges


The parents of a 10-year-old girl have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after holiday travelers spotted the girl riding in a crate with the family dog.

Authorities received multiple calls about the girl Monday evening after she was seen in the crate, in the back of a pick-up truck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

cratemateWhen the couple was tracked down near their home in Millvale, they told police their daughter had requested to be with the dog (pictured at left).

The girl did not appear harmed, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Abbey Carlson, 29, and  Thomas Fishinger, 30, were arraigned Tuesday morning and released on their own recognizance. They are due in court June  6 for a preliminary hearing.

An eastbound motorist on the turnpike in Beaver  County called state police at 7:01 p.m. to report seeing a girl in a dog cage in  the bed of the pickup, troopers said. Troopers received a second call a few  minutes later from another motorist near the Butler County line.

Motorists provide a license number of the pickup, state troopers said. They traced the registration and alerted officers in Millvale, where the family lives. The truck was pulled over near their home. The couple told police they were driving home from his mother’s house in Beaver County.

According to The Smoking Gun, Fishinger was arrested less than a week ago on charges of identity theft and access device fraud, but released from jail after making bail.

(Top photo, an obscured image of the girl in the crate, taken by another motorist and posted on Reddit; bottom photo, Facebook)


Comment from Jen Brighton
Time May 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

When I grew up folks would just throw us in the back of the pickup truck and cruise on down the highway or we would stand on the bench seat between our parents in the station wagon. At least these parents secured her in the crate. But in this day and age, they should have known better. They’ll never live this one down. This was featured on my local radio program and as one of the DJs pointed out, referring to another notorious incident, at least the crate was strapped in the back of the vehicle and not on the roof.

Comment from scallywag
Time May 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Because being free wheeling and going with the flow is always a wonderful way to go assuming you don’t mind accepting the consequences if and when it all goes horribly wrong….