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Fayetteville woman charged with locking 2 children in U-Haul trailer

Posted April 25

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— A Fayetteville woman was in jail Monday, charged with locking two children inside a U-Haul trailer.

Sheena Marie Young, 28, of Old Shaw Road, is charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of trespassing, authorities said.

According to investigators, police were called to a Target on Skibo Road on Saturday afternoon in reference to a reported shoplifting incident. When officers arrived, they found Young sitting in a U-Haul with one of her children in the passenger’s seat. Young had previously been banned from the property, so officers immediately processed her for larceny and trespassing, authorities said.

"During that, officers heard noises in the back of the U-Haul truck," said police spokesperson Lt. David McLaurin. "Once they had the people in custody they kept hearing noises so they eventually got around to opening the truck...they found two small children in the rear of the truck."

Investigators say Young locked a 4-year-old and 8-year-old inside a U-Haul trailer for more than an hour.

"The children were sweating profusely," McLaurin said. "They were very hot. They were very upset."

The children were checked out by a medic and were given to another family member.

Young was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $2,500 secured bond.


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  • Victoria Clark Apr 30, 7:43 p.m.
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    People this woman does not work and will not work. There is no excuse for this and I wish people would stop making excuses for the behavior. There a plenty of jobless mothers, poor mothers and single mothers. I've been one myself and never did anything this crazy. So many are just brainless thinking not having a job created this. OMG! Really people!

  • Victoria Clark Apr 30, 7:39 p.m.
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    And were' spending so much time on bringing other people to this country for safety.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Apr 27, 10:30 a.m.
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    It is almost apparent that she has started at a very young age in making some very bad decisions. You cannot convince me that she is not a drug user, has been for some time, has a long list of arrests and has no desire to change. Sadly there are children involved, no doubt the Dad(s) are not in the picture and the little ones will ay dearly, thank God the 2 locked in the hot box were found in time. The kids need to be taken away indefinitely until she makes major changes in her life.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 26, 8:37 a.m.
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    I tend to think your explanation fits though. Punishing is what it sounds like to me. Agree as well that I wish there was more info and update. When I imagine someone with poor coping skills and in bad situations it's usually the children who pay. Those trailers get hot. I hate when I am left to try to fill in the blanks. At least we can assume the kids are in a safe place now.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 26, 3:39 a.m.
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    Mary, I'm surprised as well that someone could find themselves in that position. It's very sad, I wish there was more help out there for women with children who have lost their homes and jobsee.
    What I cannot understand about this situation is that she was already made to leave (trespass), and she had 2 kids 'locked' in the trailer, and one kid in the car with her. It sounds like she was punishing the two in the UHaul. Why would she have them separate from herself.? The way it is written makes it sound abusive. Hopefully that isn't the case. I would like to see an update for this article

  • Mary Meadows Apr 25, 8:29 p.m.
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    I totally agree what she did was wrong. You would be surprised (I certainly was) when a former associate I knew lost her job and then her home. I assumed there were shelters available, especially for someone who had children. She did find a place to stay - but they only put her up for two weeks, then she went somewhere else for a week through a church and then she literally had no where to go for about 3 months. They were in a car for a few weeks and then a church member took them in temporarily. This was a savvy women as far as really trying to get help and keep her kids and herself off of the street. If not for that church they would have been in car for MONTHS. Today she is working & has housing but I was shocked there wasn't someplace for her to go to get on her feet. I always assumed that there were places that would help, if your were willing to work, addiction free and had kids. I was wrong.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 25, 6:12 p.m.
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    She had one kid in the car, and two locked up in a UHaul attached to the car?? What kind of person does that?? She had a vehicle, so why didn't she just take the kids out and move the car somewhere else? There has to be other places besides somewhere you have been told to leave. There's excuse for having those kids in a trailer. If she was trying to live in the car/UHAUL, then she should have been in there with them. This makes no sense to me. Those kids need to be taken, at least until she gets help.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 25, 6:00 p.m.
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    I'm not agreeing with what she did at all but I am wondering if she was homeless and desperate? She should have taken them in the store but the prior trespass charge has me thinking maybe she had parked there for extended period before?

  • Dug Danger Apr 25, 3:59 p.m.
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    28..?...looks more like 48. Hope the children will be taken from her, so they'll have a chance in life.