Shocked Cops Find Mom's 3 Kids in Her Trunk During Routine Traffic Stop

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State troopers must see all kinds of wacky things when they stop random drivers on the highway. But this particular stop is probably going to give these troopers nightmares. After spotting a car speeding down the Washington State highway, troopers approached the car and reportedly the driver, a 28-year-old woman named Anna Boyle, appeared nervous. And no wonder. Troopers reportedly found methamphetamine, heroin, pills, and drug paraphernalia in the car. But that probably isn't what accounted for all of her nerves.

Troopers then heard a thumping sound coming from the car's trunk. You know that's never a good sign. When they opened it, they got the shock of their lives. Inside were three children, ages between 5 and 8 -- and a small dog! What the -- ??

The woman claimed the children (and the dog??) had crawled into the trunk through an opening in the back seat. But the officers reported that the back seat was filled with stuff, including a snowboard, a guitar, and a backpack, and they didn't see how on earth the kids (and the dog??) could have crawled in there on their own.

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The police report stated:

The trooper does not know how it could be possible they were ever in the front, as there were so many items and no car seats for one, let alone three kids.

Pretty fishy, eh? Granted, kids do crawl into some strange places. And so do dogs, I guess? But all four of them at once? And how did the stuff get back onto the seat after they opened it to enter the trunk? And why would you even let everyone ride in the trunk -- with the back seat up -- when they could suffocate that way?

I'm just going to put it out there, though I have no idea what really happened. Did the officers stumble upon a crime in progress? Was this woman, who cops said reeked of marijuana, about to do something bad to these kids (and the dog)? But if so, why put them in the trunk first?

Reportedly, the kids hadn't eaten since the night before either, so the cops rushed them to McDonald's before putting them in the care of protective services. I hope they gave the dog something as well. And where did the dog go? Yes, I care about what happens to the dog as well as the kids. So sue me.

Troopers sure pulled over the right car this time. Even if this story is true and everyone piled into the trunk of their own accord, the amount of drugs in the car combined with the kids (or her dog either, I'm guessing) not eating for a day, combined with no car seats, speaks volumes. Another sad, sordid tale of children caught in the vice grip of bad parenting. It will be interesting to hear what the children say about how they all got in the trunk.

What do you think this woman was up to? Could the kids have really just crawled back there?


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nonmember avatar guest

Let's hear again about how pot is a victimless drug...

Luna612 Luna612

We all know those kids didn't crawl in there. Disgusting.

nonmember avatar Keely

It's not because of pot. It's because she was already an unfit mother. Pot doesn't automatically make you irresponsible. Just like drinking alcohol doesn't automatically make you an alcoholic. I love how the author of this story exaggerates and says that the mother appeared nervous. This story is from my hometown and in ask the news articles does it never say she appeared nervous. The children said to the trooper that they climed in, and the mother claimed she didn't know they were in there. Sad story. But don't elaborate on it. It was in Bothell,Wa.

Kevin Timblin

if by chance this had been a situation as to me being related to these children u'd be sending me stamps by now.

Stephanie Smith

This sounds like a mother high on drugs about to kill her kids to me. The children are in the trunk, supposedly there on their own but no way to get out through the seat if by chance there was an accident. Come on, this sounds like murder in process to me.

Bj TheEnigma Fish

Yes.. lets ignore the meth and pills and go straight to blaming weed... sounds legit.

Kevin Timblin

there are no excuses for these acts, if she didnt want loving children why did she have them? Pitiful!!! As for the Dog? I own 3 of them so u make the call...Straight PITIFUL. I pray these loving Children never ever have to deal with this again, amen

Marie Lidke



A mother is behind bars after she was caught speeding down a Washington State highway with her three kids and a family dog in her car's trunk. Anna Boyle of Woodinville, Wash., "appeared very nervous" when officers approached the car Sunday morning for what they thought would be a routine traffic stop, Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said in a statement. Troopers found evidence of methamphetamine, traces of heroin, several types of prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in the 2007 Nissan Sentra 


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