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Hearing Begins for Northlake Couple Who Allegedly Bound and Blindfolded Their Children

Publication LJWorld.com is following the case in Lawrence, Kansas.

A preliminary hearing took place Friday in Kansas for the Northlake couple who made national news earlier this summer for allegedly keeping two of their children bound and blindfolded in their Chevy Suburban.

LJWorld.com, a publication out of Lawrence, where the couple was arrested June 13, is reporting testimony is being taken in a multi-day hearing to determine whether the couple should face a trial.

On Friday, a police officer testified he saw the 5- and 7-year-old children of Adolfo and Deborah Gomez bound by their hands and feet and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot. Three older children also were in the vehicle, but they were not bound.

The suspects each face two counts of child abuse and five counts of aggravated child endangerment. They are being held on $50,000 bond.

For much more on the hearing, read the LJWorld story.

Prosecutors will continue the hearing on Tuesday.

Earlier reports suggested the couple may have believed the end of the world was near when they began their trek from Northlake, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune June 17.  They were allegedly headed to Arizona when their Suburban broke down.

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