Can children be frustrating, and tough to keep an eye on sometimes? Yes, of course. But that doesn’t mean parents should blindfold and tie up their children to make sure they don’t go anywhere while they’re unattended. A couple from the Chicago area were arrested in Kansas for doing just that to two of their five kids, and leaving them in a Walmart parking lot.
CBS Chicago says one child, 7, was found inside an SUV, and her brother, 5, was sitting outside of the vehicle, both with blindfolds on and bound. Three other kids were unfettered in the car.
The family had apparently been living in the parking lot since Monday, after moving out of a rental home in Chicago and leaving many of their belongings behind. Their vehicle apparently broke down on the way to Arizona, where the parents were heading to find work.
Police showed up after calls about unusual activity in the parking lot, and arrested both the parents on the spot. The mother was inside the store at the time of the arrest, and the father had to be subdued with a stun gun after resisting arrest, say cops.
Both parents have been charged with two counts of child abuse and five counts of child endangerment.
Police: Northlake Parents Bound, Blindfolded 2 Kids In Kansas [CBS 2 Chicago]