From: FOX St Louis
LAWRENCE, KS (WDAF) — Two parents who admittedly duct taped their children inside an SUV in a Walmart parking lot said they did so because they were “demon possessed.”
During Tuesday’s court hearing, the judge dropped five felony counts of aggravated child endangerment against both parents. The couple still faces three felony counts.
A police officer testified in court that the couple’s 12-year-old daughter said her two youngest siblings, ages seven and five, were occasionally tied up with their faces and eyes covered with duct tape to keep the demons out.
Adolfo Gomez, 52, and Deborah M. Gomez, 43, were arrested June 13 in a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence, Kan., after a customer saw two children bound with tape. They have been charged with two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment.
During Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, the court learned the couple had sold most of their belongings and left their suburban Chicago home because, “a darkness was coming over the house,” and the house was possessed by demons. Police said the family left Chicago and were headed to Arizona where their oldest son attends college.
During hearings it transpired that the couple were influenced in their apocalyptic views by conspiracy theorist Steve Quayle who, according to his website, believes the world is coming to an end.
The Gomezs children are now in protective custody.