Bound Kids Found Outside Walmart, Parents Busted

Illinois couple's 5 kids placed in protective custody
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
Adolfo and Selena Gomez have been charged with felony child abuse and child endangerment.   (Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A suburban Chicago family's road trip to Arizona came to a bizarre end in Lawrence, Kansas, when cops spotted the family's two youngest children bound and blindfolded next to their car in a Walmart parking lot. The kids, ages 5 and 7, are now in protective custody along with the couple's three older children, ABC reports. Adolfo and Selena Gomez have been arrested and charged with child abuse and endangerment.

Police say the family had been been living in their vehicle for two days after they had been forced to pull off the interstate because of transmission problems. "We're continuing to try and interview anyone who had knowledge of the family and understands the bigger picture of what was going on," said a police spokesman. "We would also like to put a timeline together to understand the days and weeks leading up to this, and the general family dynamics." (Read more child abuse stories.)

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