Hearing Date Set For Parents Of Tied-Up Children

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ An attorney for a suburban Chicago mother accused in Kansas of abusing her five children says the woman was unaware of how the children were being treated.

Deborah and Adolfo Gomez of Northlake, Ill., appeared separately Thursday in Douglas County District Court in Lawrence to set preliminary hearing dates.

The couple were arrested last week after two of their children were found tied up and blindfolded outside their SUV in a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence. Three older children were found inside the vehicle unrestrained.

Deborah Gomez's attorney says the woman didn't know what was happening to her children when she went into the store and left them with the father.

Both parents are being held on $50,000 bond and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Thursday.