I've done some searching online and in this forum archive and haven't yet found an answer to my precise question, so I'm hoping someone can help me out...

The scenario: Dad is driving his kids (ages 14, 3 and 1) home when he comes on the scene of an accident where his wife was just killed. It's a small enough city that one of the officers on scene recognizes him, and has him step out to confirm it's his wife's car in the ditch. Dad is now distraught and unable to drive the kids home.

First, is this a plausible way for that scenario to play out? And if so, what would the police be likeliest to do about the car full of kids?

Many thanks!