Children in Protective Custody after Parents' Arrest

Northlake couple was arrested in Kansas after allegedly binding, blindfolding their kids

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    Douglas County Sheriff's Office
    Adolfo and Deborah Gomez

    The children of a Northlake couple arrested in Kansas are in protective custody while their parents remain in jail.

    Adolfo Gomez Jr. and Deborah Gomez were arrested June 13 and charged with child abuse after a  passer by saw a 5-year-old and 7-year-old bound and blindfold outside the family van.

    The children have been removed from emergency protective custody to temporary custody, the assistant to the Douglas County District Attorney, Cheryl Wright, told the Chicago Tribune.

    The parents allegedly left their children bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence, Kan.

    Deborah Gomez faces two felony counts of child abuse and five counts of aggravated endangerment of child. Adolfo Gomez faces similar counts as well as felony obstruction for interfering with the police investigation.

    The family had recently held a garage sale to get rid of "materialistic stuff" in preparation for the end of the world, a neighbor said.

    Authorities said the family was living in their vehicle and were on their way to Arizona.