October 26, 2016 11:39 AM
Police arrested a father and mother from Lakeville after they and their two children were missing for days.
Police recovered the family's car Tuesday morning in a parking lot on 26th Street in South Minneapolis. Police say both parents and their children were inside the car.
Police arrested 38-year-old Zachariah Wilson and 33-year-old Angela Robinson. They're being held in the Dakota County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.
Investigators won't yet say what exactly was happening inside the car that Minneapolis police found early Tuesday, only that those events are still under investigation.
"There were things that we found going on that led us to believe those children were in immediate danger at the time," Lakeville Deputy Police Chief John Kornmann said.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS discovered it's not the first run-in the parents have had with the law, specifically regarding the safety and wellbeing of their children.
Documents show Ramsey County Community Human Services made a maltreatment finding of neglect of the two boys by their father, Zachariah Wilson, in September 2015. It stemmed from a police call where officers found Wilson "passed out and intoxicated while the children were under his care."
When child protection got involved, police came to pick up the children but "the parents tried to block police from entering their apartment, using a mattress at the door" and "the children were hidden in a closet," according to court documents.
In their placement plan, a case worker wrote, "It appears that both parents tend to be minimizing their drug and alcohol use and or understanding of how it is affecting their children."
Documents show, in this case, Wilson never worked any part of his case plan and, "missed all of his scheduled UAs (urine analysis)," but since Robinson was compliant and passed her drug tests, she was given full custody again and the case was closed in April.
Before the couple's first case involving child protection closed, their Guardian Ad Litem documented that she had reservations about the children's contact with their dad but had no evidence that he posed a serious threat to their safety.
Updated: October 26, 2016 11:39 AM
Created: October 25, 2016 09:50 PM
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