Child found in box strapped to van's roof, mom arrested

Source: Albertville Police Dept.
Source: Albertville Police Dept.

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - It's a story too wild to believe. An Albertville woman is arrested after police caught her driving down the road with her child packed into a box strapped to the roof of her minivan.

Jackie Denise Knott, 37 was arrested on U.S. Hwy 431 for Endangering the Welfare of a child.

Someone called the Albertville Police Department and alerted authorities to the van as it traveled down the road.

Officers were able to stop the van upon which they discovered a 13-year-old girl inside the box.

When questioned about why the child was inside the box Knott said that "the box was too big to go inside the van and she would be able to hold it down if she was inside the box".

When asked about the safety of the child her reply was "that the box was tied to the van with a clothes hanger".

Ms. Knott was taken into custody for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and transported to the Albertville City Jail.

The child was turned over to a relative at the scene. DHR will be notified on the incident.