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Judge rules father’s interview admissible in trial about children tied up in Walmart parking lot

September 28, 2012

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Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., were arrested June 13, after two of their children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., were arrested June 13, after two of their children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin on Friday denied a motion to suppress a police interview with an Illinois man accused of binding two of his children by their hands and feet June 13 in the parking lot of a Lawrence Walmart.

Aldolfo Gomez, 52, and his wife, Deborah Gomez, 43, of Northlake, Ill., face two counts each of child abuse stemming from the incident in which police found two of their children, ages 5 and 7, bound near the family’s vehicle.

The interview in question took place about an hour after Aldolfo Gomez was Tasered by police in the Walmart parking lot. Gomez’s court-appointed attorney, Elbridge Griffy, argued Friday that the interview should be tossed out because of Gomez’s mental state at the time.

Gomez testified at the hearing, saying he hadn’t slept in nine days, and felt he was in a dream when first approached by police.

“I wasn’t sure if he (the police officer) was real or not,” Aldolfo said.

Police interviewed Aldolfo for about 30 minutes the day of his arrest, and Aldolfo testified he remembered little of the interview.

“It was a haze,” he said.

Aldolfo also said he feared for his children’s lives and felt demons were after his family.

But Lawrence Police Det. Randy Glidewell, who conducted the interview, said Aldolfo appeared physically and mentally competent to understand his rights and answer questions.

“I didn’t notice any medical distress,” Glidewell testified. Gomez “was coherent and thought process was fine.”

Though Gomez mentioned demons, Glidewell said Gomez did not exhibit any signs of experiencing hallucinations during the interview.

Gomez declined an attorney and waived his Miranda rights during the interview.

“They may be unusual statements,” said Martin of Gomez’s mention of demons. “But there was no evidence he was hallucinating.”

Martin had previously ruled that Gomez was competent to stand trial.

Gomez is scheduled for trial Nov. 5, and his wife is scheduled for trial Oct. 22.

The couple also face five counts each of aggravated child endangerment for alleged treatment of the two young 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.

Comments

toe 1 year, 11 months ago

All children should be raised by the State. This joint custody model provides too much opportunity for parents to abuse their children. The State could at least make sure they are fed, clothed, educated, housed, and health care is adequate.

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auntmimi210 1 year, 11 months ago

"All children should be raised by the State." ... do you really mean "ALL" children?? Or all of THEIR children?

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 11 months ago

If the state raises these kids, foster care, etc., they'll be part of the system for the rest of their lives. And if the parents raise them, they'll be dead. There are no good choices here and no good outcomes. Very sad, every which way.

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Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

Right. Try that and I'll have kids for the sole purpose of not giving them to the state.

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Chelsea Kapfer 1 year, 11 months ago

toe- you clearly do not have children. i will leave it at that.

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somedude20 1 year, 11 months ago

"face two counts each of child abuse" That is all? I thought they were buying shovels and tarps and were on their way to AZ to exorcise the demons out of those 2 kids which made it sound as though the parents were going to kill them.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 11 months ago

Attempted murder charge has to be pretty tough to prove. First thing the DA has to do is make sure these two stay away from the kids forever.

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Bike_lover 1 year, 11 months ago

that's what came to my mind when I read about this. It was just luck that someone at Walmart bothered to notice what was going on in the parking lot and care enough to call the police.

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George_Braziller 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow. She's only 43? I have shoes that old that look newer.

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kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

Meth addicts her age would look older than she does. She looks like someone who has been existing in a living hell and can't get out.

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Rich_Crank 1 year, 11 months ago

This remains one of those stories that seems to me beyond "commentable."

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Rex Hargis 1 year, 11 months ago

It is impossible for a human to go for 9 days without sleep. After 17 hours a person functions as if they had a BAC of .05. That being said, I hope the chinese idea of 99 levels of hell is true, and there is a special one for adults who abuse children.

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Bike_lover 1 year, 11 months ago

It thought 99 levels of hell was Dante's idea. He was Italian.

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