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Woman who saw kids being put in trunk said witnesses were too scared to call police

by: Amanda Warford Updated:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A video that’s gone viral shows people putting children into the trunk of a car at a Northside shopping center.

Both the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families tell Action News they are investigating after we showed them the video.

Action News’ Amanda Warford spoke to a woman who was there as the video was being recorded.

The woman said the adults in that group went back into a restaurant and made threats after they realized they were being recorded.
 
From inside a restaurant on the Northside, customers captured disturbing video of children climbing into the trunk of a car. Then, adults shut them inside.
 
“If any accident or something happens, they're putting the kids in danger,” said Cici’s Pizza franchisee Saravana Kabalan.


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Kabalan owns the Cici’s Pizza where this video was taken, just feet away from a JSO substation. He said multiple adults and children arrived in that white car and attempted to dine in, but were unable to afford the price.
 
“’I would be glad to offer you a discount, we would love for you to stay and dine in’ and they said ‘no, no, no, we are leaving, we’ll go somewhere else’ and they left,” Kabalan said.
 
This video has gone viral, and outraged parents worldwide. A woman who was there as this video was taken said two of the adults in the group made threats when they realized they were being recorded.
 
“She said ‘you picked the right one today’ meaning like she was going to do something,” said the woman.
 
She said witnesses were too scared to call police.
 
“No one wanted to be seen dialing numbers on the cellphone,” the woman tells us.
 
Action News Lorena Inclan was the first to show this video to the Department of Children and Families. DCF spokesperson John Harrell said the agency has now launched a full investigation to find out who these people are.
 
“This is unacceptable, there’s no explanation for this, there's no excuse for this,” Harrell said.
 
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is also now investigating.
 
DCF said if you see something like this happening; don’t just shoot video of it. They want witnesses to call 800-96-ABUSE.


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