LAWRENCE, Kan. – A Kansas judge has ruled that an Illinois couple will stand trial on child abuse charges after two of their children were found bound in a Walmart parking lot.
Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin ruled Tuesday at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Deborah Gomez and her husband, Adolfo Gomez.
Police found two of the couple's children, ages 5 and 7, tied up and with duct tape over their eyes outside the Lawrence store on June 13. Their three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were in the family's SUV unrestrained. The children are in protective custody.
Martin said there was ample evidence to support the abuse charges. But she said the state did not prove its case on previous endangerment charges.