Family recently held
garage sale to get rid of "materialistic stuff," neighbor
Parents accused of leaving their
children bound and blindfolded in a Walmart
parking lot recently sold off some belongings
in preparation for the end of the world, a
neighbor said Thursday.
"I was here last week at the garage sale
and they were selling all of their belongings;
the lady was reading her book," neighbor
Kathy Grotefend said. "She said she believes
it's the end of the world and they don't need
this materialistic stuff."
Adolfo Gomez Jr., 52 and Deborah
Gomez, 43 of Northlake IL., face several
counts each of child abuse and child endangerment.
Police arrested them Wednesday in Lawrence,
KS., after a passer by saw a 5-year-old
boy and 7-year-old girl bound and blindfolded
outside the family van.
Authorities said the family
was living out of their vehicle and were
on their way to Arizona.
Grotefend said she tried to
allay Deborah Gomez's concerns about the
end of the world before the family left on
their cross-country excursion.
"I told her nobody knows
when the end of the world was going to come," said
Grotefend. "We don't know. God doesn't
let us know."
Grotefend also remarked that
Adolfo Gomez, Jr. seemed angry and described
the five children as "beautiful.