Man Pleads Not Guilty To Repossessing Truck With Kids Inside

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

A Nicholasville man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he repossessed a truck, with three children still inside.

Even with those children screaming, Nicholasville police say 26-year-old David Mahaffey refused to stop.

Police say he went to East Oak Street to repossess a truck, but the owner's three children, ages 9 months, 2 years, and 8 years, were still inside.

Police say Mahaffey took off anyway, despite the childrens' family members chasing after the car, and screaming for him to stop.

Police also say the children were screaming at Mahaffey to stop, but he wouldn't listen. They say witnesses claimed Mahaffey was driving very unsafely.

Mahaffey tells 27 NEWSFIRST he never noticed the children in the back seat and never heard them screaming until a few blocks away when the 8-year old asked who he was. Mahaffey says that is when he immediately called his boss and stopped the truck.

Police have charged Mahaffey with second degree unlawful imprisonment and not having an operator's license.

He's still lodged in the Jessamine County Detention Center on a $2,000 cash bond.


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  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Apr 11, 2008 at 10:33 PM
    Hey Bart: Me only hav'n' gradiated the 6th grade and what all, some a them big words don't come out just right. And since I spotted my misspelling within minutes of my post, I did know that already. I don't think I'm the only one who took your comment about not being able to plead guilty to a felony in district court as an implication that he had been charged with one. As for other's veiws pertaining to the guilt/innocence of any or all parties involved in this incident, I see so many as yet unaddressed, or at least unreported variables that I think judgement should wait until the case is presented in court.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Apr 10, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    Mr. Jethro Smartmouth did I say that he was charged with a felony? Of course not. I was making an observation about the fact that you cannot plead guilty to a felony in district court. I never said that Mr. Mahaffy could not plead guilty or that he was charged with a felony. By the way, it is misdemeanor not "misdomeanor." But since you like to jump the gun and correct people, you should know that already.
  • by jennifer Location: printer on Apr 10, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    it could have been a killer u better be glad it was a repo man get real it is so stupid to leave your kids in the car u should go to jail
  • by least confrontation Location: lex,ky on Apr 9, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    if you know any thing about the job, then you know that nine times out of ten when you repo a vehicle & the person chases after you, you dont stop.you could get shot or anything.the police dont get paid to repo vehicles.if i was the repo man i would have probally stoped when i noticed the kids, but atleast he was not in a physical/violent situation.he did contact his boss & say there was a problem.also i have heard of people not knowing their license are suspended.there are lots of people driving that dont even know they are on a suspended license.simple mistake no harm intended no harm done.if you dont pay your payment they will take your vehicle.I have had my car repoed,so I understand hard times however six years later my bills are paid & I find myself repoing vehicles part time for extra cash.Dangerous job where anything can happen.
  • by Stephen Location: Wilmore on Apr 9, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    You'd think there is more to this story than just what's obvious. The used car lot has got to be hiding something. To employ or contract for hire a service like repo requires all the "i's" to be dotted. This is routine for these guys.
  • by peggy Location: mt. sterling on Apr 9, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    parents should be charged for leaving the children in the truck alone, isn't there a law against that.
  • by concerned citizen Location: Southern Ky on Apr 9, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    Yes I would like to know why the children were left in the vehicle unattended. A nine month old, a two year old and an eight year old should have never been left alone. The 8 yr. old is in no way old enough to care for the two younger children. Are the parents going to be charged as well for leaving the children unattended? Has anyone heard of Ryan's Law? This makes it illegal to leave a child in a car by themselves for any length of time, even if the parent was only running in the house for a second. It only takes a few seconds for something to happen to a child. The repo guy had to have seen the children in the vehicle when he got in and yes mistakes do happen on all parts but with no liscenes the guy should not have been driving in the first place. Yes everyone is having a hard time paying bills lately with the economy but laws should still be observed by all.
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    Bart: According to this article he was charged with unlawful imprisonment 2nd. It is a class A misdomeanor, and no operators license. Neither of those charges will go to circuit court unless they are coupled to a felony. But since you know the legal system, you should know that already.
  • by lone wolf2 Location: eastern ky on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    the guy was doing his job i agree he should have looked but i dont think a child should be left alone in the car in the first place a parent or adult should be with them an people it could have been a lot worse it could have been a real car thief or some other crimnal that couldve have cared less if there was kids in there or not if anyone should be convicted it should be the parents for 1st degree stupidity an people most car dealers will work with you explain why youre going to be late by the way theres nothing said about how late they were with their payment 1 month 6 months or longer the guy was doing his job to pay his bills an car payments probably the parents are to blame for this not him
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM
    I don't understand why you cannot plead guilty to a felony in district court! If you're guilty, you're guilty & should save the taxpayers some money by just admitting it! This idiot should have been charged with kidnapping because that's what he did, he wait until the parents were out of the car, then jump in & drove off...that's kidnapping to me! Don't waste my tax money on this idiot, just lock him up & be done with it!

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