Couple Appears in Court After Children Found Bound with Tape

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Two adults arrested Wednesday after a Wal-Mart customer discovered two children bound with duct tape inside an SUV appeared before a Douglas County judge on Thursday afternoon.

Adolfo Gomez, 52, and Deborah M. Gomez, 43, are charged with two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment in connection to the case.

Police say that when officers arrived on the scene on Wednesday, they found two children ages five and seven years old, with their hands and feet bound with duct tape. Their eyes were also blind-folded.

Authorities believe the family had been living in the Wal-Mart parking lot since Monday.

"We determined there was a male standing near two children who were both bound," said Sgt. Trent McKinley with Lawrence Police. "Their arms were behind their backs and there faces were partially covered."

The family of two adults, three teens and the two younger children stopped at the Wal-Mart in Lawrence on Monday after experiencing mechanical problems with their Chevrolet Suburban as they were traveling to Arizona from Chicago.

When police tried to question Adolfo Gomez nside the Suburban, he resisted arrest and was tased by officers. Deborah Gomez, who was inside the store at the time, was also arrested.

Officers took the children to the police station to get them cleaned up and get them something eat.

The SUV was also full of trash and crammed with other items for the trip.

"We fed them and went out and got diapers for the youngest child," Sgt. McKinley said. "We're working with SRS to find temporary placement. We also look for relatives who appear to be suitable."

(Video Courtesy of 6 News Lawrence)

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