Adolfo Gomez, 52, and a few minutes later his wife, Deborah Gomez, 43, made their first court appearance through a video connection from the Douglas County Jail. The couple was charged with two counts each of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment.
“I don’t recall a similar set of circumstances where you have the aspect of the parking lot and people from out of town. The allegations are that they were there a couple of days so that makes it both unusual and usual. I’ll just let the reported facts speak for themselves,” Assistant District Attorney Jim McCabria said.
The couple was arrested Wednesday morning after a customer noticed a child with his hands bound behind his back in the Walmart parking lot in Lawrence. The child was outside of the family’s broken down Suburban.
When officers arrived, they discovered the 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were actually tied up and blindfolded.