Children found bound, blindfolded during family trip to Arizona

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A Chicago family’s trip to Arizona hit a major speed bump when two of the five children were found blindfolded with their arms and legs bound.

Police were called to a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence, Kansas on Wednesday after a shopper saw a 5-year-old boy sitting next to an SUV with his hands and legs tied and a blindfold over his eyes.

The father was standing next to the SUV when an officer arrived, and attempted to avoid police by ducking inside the vehicle. The officer was able to arrest the man with the help of a stun gun.

A 7-year-old girl was found inside the vehicle bound and blindfolded. Three other children between the ages of 12 and 15 were also inside the SUV, but they were not restrained.

The mother of the children was found inside Walmart and arrested. Both parents are now facing child abuse and child endangerment charges.

Police said the family was on their way to the Grand Canyon State to visit relatives when their vehicle experienced transmission problems. Authorities added that they don't know why the kids were bound and blindfolded.

The children have been placed in protective custody.