Publication LJWorld.com is following the case in Lawrence, Kansas.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, August 11, 2012
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 …
The Penn State scandal raises awareness of predators who target at-risk and vulnerable children.
Like everyone else, I watched in horror last week as the events unfolded in the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. For parents of young children, it is unfathomable to contemplate something like this happening to your own child. Unfortunately, it is more common than we’d like to believe. Statistics show that around 15 percent of children are sexually abused before the age of 18. For girls, it’s more like 30 percent. And for developmentally disabled girls? 83 percent. 83 percent? 83 percent. Since this is a Patch opinion article, and not a research white paper, I won’t be footnoting the source for that statistic. But I could. It’s a statistic that I’ve heard thrown around a lot since I became the parent of a developmentally disabled …