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Kids found tied up at Walmart, parents arrested

2:26 PM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A suburban Chicago couple is behind bars in Lawrence, Kan., and their five children are in protective custody.

Police say two of the children were found blindfolded and with their arms and legs bound in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Police responding to a call from a concerned shopper visited the store yesterday and spotted a 5-year-old boy sitting on the ground beside a large SUV, his hands and legs tied and a blindfold over his eyes. Police say as an officer approached, a man standing near the vehicle ducked inside the SUV. The officer, using a stun gun, arrested him.

A 7-year-old girl was found inside the vehicle, also bound and blindfolded, along with three other children, ages 12 to 15, who weren't restrained.

The children's mother was found inside the Walmart, and was arrested.

Police say they don't know why the two children were tied up. The adults are facing child abuse and child endangerment charges.

Police say the family was on its way to visit relatives in Arizona when the vehicle developed transmission problems.

Associated Press

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