Trial dates have been set for a husband and wife accused of binding two of their children by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot June 13.
Aldolfo Gomez, 52, and his wife, Deborah Gomez, 43, of Northlake, Ill., were charged with two counts each of child abuse after police found two of their children, ages 5 and 7, bound near the family’s vehicle, which was parked at the store, 550 Congressional Drive.
Aldolfo Gomez’s jury trial is set for Jan. 7, while his wife’s trial will begin Feb. 4. Both trials are scheduled for five days.
The couple also face five counts each of aggravated child endangerment for alleged treatment of the two children and three older ones, ages 12, 13 and 15, whom police found in the vehicle. The older ones were not bound when police found them.
Douglas County prosecutors said the children have been placed in protective custody. The parents remain in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond each.
The family was traveling from their home in the Chicago suburbs to visit a relative in Arizona when their Chevrolet Suburban broke down on Interstate 70. The family stopped in Lawrence, where they stayed for two days before a Walmart customer called police when she saw a blindfolded child sitting outside the Suburban.