A Kansas police officer says a 7-year-old girl found bound in the parking lot of a Kansas Walmart told police she was hitting her siblings and asked to be tied up and blindfolded.

Officer James Miller testified Friday during a preliminary hearing for Deborah and Adolfo Gomez Jr., an Illinois couple who were arrested in June after two of their children were found tied up outside the family's SUV. Three other children were inside the vehicle but not bound.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/NkUUcv) reports that Miller testified he also saw Deborah Gomez with a baseball bat, two rolls of duct tape and two tarps inside a shopping cart.

The preliminary hearing will resume Tuesday and culminate with a judge deciding whether the couple should stand trial on child abuse charges.