Police arrested a man accused of running over five people, including three toddlers, with a car in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant Tuesday.

Lanny Barnes, 46, was in custody and charges against him were pending, Covington Assistant Police Chief Almond Turner said.

"All indications are that he intentionally hit them," Turner said.

The children — ages 2 to 4 — were airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta and the adults were taken to a Covington hospital. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Barnes' mother, Mary, told The Associated Press her son has battled mental illness.

"He's been suffering with depression for years," she said, her voice shaking after being told by a reporter what happened. "Lord have mercy."

The crash happened at a McDonald's in Covington, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta. The McDonald's was closed for the rest of the day, said Bill Hall, area franchise manager.