Father competent for trial in bound children case

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A judge has found an Illinois man competent to stand trial on charges filed after two of his children were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas.

District Judge Paula Martin ruled Tuesday that 52-year-old Aldolfo Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., could stand trial on multiple counts of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment.

He and his wife, Deborah Gomez, were charged after their 5- and 7-year-old children were found bound on June 13 in Lawrence.

Three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were inside the family's vehicle but were not restrained.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/OrlgM2 ) Gomez also dropped a request to represent himself. He told the judge he and attorney Elbridge Griffy had reconciled after a disagreement.

The children are in protective custody.

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Information from: Lawrence Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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