Father who strapped kids to car violates probation

Aaron S. Stefanski
Aaron S. Stefanski

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A man who strapped four kids to the hood of a car after leaving a Fort Wayne liquor store nearly two years ago was back in court.  An Allen County Superior Court Judge said Aaron Stefanski violated his probation.  The judge said in court Thursday morning police found numerous dragon swords* in his home.  Items he is not supposed to have in his home as part of his probation.

You might remember in May of 2012, someone called 911 to report that a man and a woman had strapped the kids to the hood and left the Belmont Beverage parking lot at 2116 Fairfield Ave.

A couple area residents saw the kids strapped to the car just before police arrived.

“I couldn’t believe it! They had this strap across their legs. They were squirming to get out. They didn’t know what to do. And I told the people in the car, ‘Don’t do that!’,” said Bonita Gorsuch.

“They were all drunk.  They were all all high, or whatever.  They’ve got babies on a car!  That’s not nice,” said Tom Nowak.

Shortly after Gorsuch confronted the couple, a U.S. Marshal saw the children near the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and Poplar Street and stopped the vehicle for police.

Police said the driver, Aaron S. Stefanski, 29, of Fort Wayne, had a blood alcohol content of .17% and was charged with three counts of operating while intoxicated and one count of neglect of a dependent. His passenger, Jessica A. Clark, 29, also of Fort Wayne, was charged with one count of neglect of a dependent.

Police said none of the children – ages four, five, six and seven – appeared to be hurt. Three of the children were Stefanski’s, one belonged to Clark.  Employees with the Department of Children Services were also called to the scene.

“I didn’t particularly think they would like to be an ornament the car. They were scared being strapped up there. It was very dangerous. It was really a sad thing because they could have been killed,” said Gorsuch.

In August of 2012, a judge sentenced Stefanski for three counts of neglect of a dependent – put in situation endangering dependents life/health and a count of operating while intoxicated.  A warrant was issued his arrest March 27, 2014 for violating probation.

* This was corrected from guns to dragon swords.  An Allen County Sheriff’s Department official confirms there were dragon swords in his home not guns.

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