Stolen van driver claims to be in labor, kids’ mouths taped

Published 9:33 am Friday, January 13, 2017

RAMSEY — Police stopped a stolen minivan in a Twin Cities suburb and found a driver who claimed she was in labor and some of her seven children with their mouths taped shut.

An officer stopped the vehicle in Ramsey just after midnight Tuesday for a traffic violation and learned it had been stolen. The driver was taken to a hospital.

Ramsey Police Chief Jeff Katers said Thursday children range in age from infancy to 9-years-old.

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According to press release, Katers said two men were in the van, including the children’s father, who was arrested for failing to return the rental vehicle in Missouri. The other man was released.

Katers said the children were playing with the packing tape and fell asleep. He said it’s not clear who put tape on their mouths.