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Couple plead no contest to abuse in Lawrence Wal-Mart parking lot

Updated: 2012-12-21T22:32:33Z

By The Associated Press

Two suburban Chicago parents accused of binding and blindfolding two of their children in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Lawrence pleaded no contest Friday.

Adolfo Gomez, 52, of Northlake, Ill., pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child abuse and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

“I don’t want to put my children through any more,” Adolfo Gomez said at the hearing Friday.

Both parents have been in custody since being arrested June 13 after police were called to a Lawrence Wal-Mart by a woman who saw a child bound and blindfolded near the family’s vehicle.

Officers found two children, ages 5 and 7, tied up and blindfolded. Three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were inside the family’s SUV unrestrained. The Gomezes told police they were in the parking lot because their vehicle had broken down on Interstate 70 near Lawrence on their way to Arizona.

The children have been placed in protective custody.

Adolfo Gomez is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 8. His lawyer and prosecutors said they would recommend he be sentenced to 30 months in prison.

“I think the recommendations that are on the record are a fair and equitable resolution,” Gomez’s attorney, Skip Griffey, said after the hearing.

Prosecutors recommended that Deborah Gomez be sentenced to a year of probation. Her lawyer, Angela Keck, said Gomez decided to plead no contest because she did not want her children to have to testify.

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