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Father from Northlake found competent for trial in Walmart bound-children case

A judge has found a Northlake man competent to stand trial on charges filed after two of his children were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence, Kansas.

At a hearing Tuesday in Kansas, District Judge Paula Martin ruled that 52-year-old Aldolfo Gomez can stand trial on multiple counts of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment.

Gomez 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 weren’t restrained.

Gomez dropped a request to represent himself. He told the judge that he and attorney Elbridge Griffy had reconciled after a disagreement.

The children remain in protective custody.

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