Police Stop Car with Five Unrestrained Children, Toddler on the Floor
By Vanessa Miller, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A 59-year-old Illinois man was arrested on Thanksgiving after an Iowa City officer stopped his vehicle and discovered five unrestrained children inside – including a 3-year-old sitting on the floor of the passenger seat.
Gentry Ramon Moore, of Calumet City, Ill., was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment without injury after he was pulled over on southbound Highway 218 at the 95 mile marker at 3:32 p.m. Thursday, according to an Iowa City police complaint.
The officer saw four children in the back seat of the Honda CR-V, which only seated three people, according to the complaint. Three of the four children should have been in car seats – their ages were 8, 6 and 4.
The officer reported hearing crying coming from the front seat and discovered a woman had covered up a 3-year-old with a coat, according to the report. The child was seated on the front floor board unrestrained, the officer reported.
Moore told the officer he was "trying to get back home to Chicago and had no car seats for the children," according to the report.
Moore also admitted to knowing he didn't have a valid driver's license and shouldn't have been driving, the officer reported. None of the children were injured.
Moore does not have a criminal history in Iowa. He's being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond.