Police: Bound Kids Said Their Family Feared Demons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A police officer says a child whose brother and sister were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas told him the family believed her younger siblings and their Illinois home had been possessed by demons.

The children were discovered tied up and with duct tape over their eyes outside the store in Lawrence in June. Their parents, 44-year-old Deborah Gomez and 52-year-old Adolfo Gomez Jr., are charged with two counts of child abuse and five counts of aggravated child endangerment.

Police officer Hayden Fowler testified Tuesday that an older daughter said the family was going to try to cast the demons from her 5-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister.

Fowler told a preliminary hearing the girl did not explain how they would do that.

UPDATE: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A woman who called police to report seeing a child bound in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas says she thought the child may have been abducted.

Linda Baranski testified Tuesday in Douglas County Court that the girl, who was bound and had tape on her face, was rocking back and forth.

Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., are charged with child abuse and aggravated endangerment after police found the couple's 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son tied up outside the store in Lawrence in June. The parents say they stopped at the store after their SUV broke down during a trip.

Three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were unrestrained inside the SUV.

The preliminary hearing is to determine if the parents will stand trial.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Prosecutors are preparing to offer more evidence against an Illinois couple accused of binding two of their children outside their vehicle in a northeastern Kansas parking lot.

Tuesday's preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court picks up where the proceeding left off last week. Judge Paula Martin must decide if Adolfo and Deborah Gomez should stand trial on charges of child abuse and aggravated endangerment.

The parents were charged after their 7-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old brother were found tied up in June outside a Lawrence Walmart. The family had pulled in after their SUV broke down during a trip to Arizona from their home in Northlake, Ill.

Three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were unrestrained inside the SUV.

The parents are being held on $50,000 bond.


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