LAWRENCE, Kan. - Police arrested two parents after a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were found bound and blindfolded outside a Lawrence, Kan., Wal-Mart on Wednesday.
Aldolfo Gomez Jr., 52, and Deborah Gomez, 43, both face two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment.
A customer called the police to report seeing the boy tied up next to a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot. When officers arrived at the store on Congressional Drive, they found the boy and girl bound, blindfolded and sitting on the ground next to a Chevrolet Suburban.
There were three other children ages 12, 13 and 15 inside the vehicle as well.
"The remaining three didn't want to come out of the car. They locked the doors and remained in the vehicle for some period of time," said Sgt. Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department.
Police said they had to taser the children's father, who was outside the vehicle, to take him into custody.
Officers went inside the Wal-Mart and took the children's mother into custody without incident.
The family is from Northlake, Ill. Police say they were on their way to Arizona when they had car trouble on Monday night and decided to park in the Wal-Mart lot.
Police are working with child welfare officials to make sure the kids are taken care of while their parents are in jail.
"We met their immediate needs. We needed to feed them, got some diapers for the youngest child," McKinley said.
The parents are expected to be in court on Thursday.