LAWRENCE - 52-year-old Adolfo Gomez Jr. and wife, 43-year-old Deborah Gomez stood before a Douglas County Judge for the third time on Friday. They’re both accused of two counts of child abuse and five counts of aggravated endangerment.
Police say two of their five children, ages five and seven, were found bound and blindfolded outside of the couple's Chevy suburban. A witness called police after seeing the children tied up in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on 6th Street. Police say the 5-year-old boy was wearing a soiled diaper. They say his eyes and nose were covered with what appeared to be a piece of torn clothing. They say his arms were bound with a double knotted cloth; his thighs and ankles tied with a piece of rope.
Authorities say the 7-year-old girl was found kneeling on a piece of cardboard next to vehicle, her hands bound, her eyes covered with a piece of cloth as well. They say her thighs and ankles were also tied with rope. Authorities say Deborah Gomez was inside of Wal-Mart; her shopping cart contained two rolls of duct tape, two blue tarps, and a baseball bat.
Police told prosecutors Adolfo Gomez- resisted arrest; they say that's when he began reading scripture from a bible. He wouldn't comply with police orders, forcing officers to use a taser on him twice. The other three children were in the back of the car. Police say they were all holding hands, praying.
Evidence from the vehicle was inside the courtroom on Friday. Witnesses say the odor coming from the car was described as a mixture between a trash dumpster and a porta-potty. One witness stated when she went inside to collect evidence the odor stung her eyes. Witnesses say they found several 12 ounce water bottles filled with urine. A cooler filled with urine was also found sitting outside the car.
Authorities say they also found trash bags full of garage, soiled diapers, and rotting food was found inside. Ramen noodles and canned food items were stacked up to the windows-- cardboard and blankets blacked them out so nobody could see in or out of the vehicle.
The Gomez’s will be back in court on Tuesday, August 14th.