Parents get separate trials in bound-children case

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge has ordered separate trials for a suburban Chicago couple accused of tying up and blindfolding two of their children outside a Walmart in Lawrence.

Fifty-two-year-old Adolfo Gomez and his 44-year-old wife, Deborah Gomez, both pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony child abuse and misdemeanor child endangerment.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin scheduled trials October 22nd for Deborah Gomez and November 5th for her husband.

A Walmart shopper called police June 13 after seeing a child blindfolded and bound near a vehicle in the store parking lot. Police have said Adolfo Gomez told them he believed the children were possessed by demons.

The family was driving from Northlake, Illinois to Arizona when their vehicle broke down in Kansas.

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