When asked if he worries that something else was going on, Sgt. Carpentier says, "Sure, it's awfully suspicious, but we don't have any evidence of anything else
right now. But certainly it causes us some concern."
Jordan Simmons, the suspect's niece says, "Everyone has the wrong idea."
Freeman's family is defending him. His two daughters were among the children inside the shed. Simmons says, "I don't really think he should be in jail at all. I don't think he should because he did not know they were runaways until the cops came
Simmons is Freeman's niece, and says he's just a guy with a big heart. She says, "In his eyes, he feels bad for these kids and he's like 'sure, you can come hang out with my kids. He doesn't process the fact that they're runaways.'"
But to Lorain police, it all seems very strange. Sgt. Carpentier says, "Nobody's really cooperative. They didn't offer any information to the officers when they were there, so we still don't know why they were all there (in the shed) other than just hiding."
Police say all the kids appeared to know each other and some are habitual runaways.
Several were charged with unruly behavior and curfew violations.