LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Illinois officials say the parents of two small children found tied up and blindfolded in a Kansas Walmart parking lot were investigated last year for possible neglect.
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says the agency opened a case on the family in December after verifying a report of neglect. Kendall Marlowe says the case was closed in April and the children were allowed to remain with the family.
Adolfo Gomez Jr. and his wife, Deborah Gomez, are charged in Douglas County with two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment.
Police found a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl bound and blindfolded outside their SUV Wednesday morning in Lawrence. Three other children found inside the vehicle were not restrained.