Hearing Continues In Case Of Children Bound In Lot

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
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.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ The woman who called police to report seeing a child bound in a Lawrence parking lot said she thought the child may have been abducted.

Linda Baranski testified Tuesday in a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Court in the case of Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill.

The Gomezes were charged in June with child abuse and aggravated endangerment after police found the couple's 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son tied up outside a Lawrence Walmart. The family stopped there after their SUV broke down during a trip.

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

Baranski said the child, who was bound and had tape on her face, was rocking back and forth.

The hearing is to determine if the Gomezes will stand trial.

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