LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A judge has found an Illinois man competent to stand trial on charges filed after two of his children were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot.
During a hearing Tuesday, District Judge Paula Martin ruled 52-year-old Aldolfo Gomez of Northlake, Ill., could stand trial on multiple counts of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment.
He and his wife, Deborah Gomez, were charged after their 5- and 7-year-old children were found bound on June 13 in Lawrence.
Three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were inside the family's vehicle but were not restrained.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/OrlgM2 ) Gomez also dropped a request to represent himself. He told the judge he and attorney Elbridge Griffy had reconciled after a disagreement.
The children are in protective custody.