Arizona parents Benito and Carol Gutierrez have been arrested on Tuesday, February 20, after their four adoptive kids were found locked up in a house with no access to food, water, and bathroom.
Following one of the kids escaped through a window of their home in Tucson on Saturday, authorities were alerted. The boy in “disheveled condition” reached a local Family Dollar store and asked to use the phone.
Arizona Parents Accused of Holding Four Adoptive Kids Captive Without Food, Water & Toilet
According to a news released on Tuesday, the Pima County Sheriff's Office said that the clerk dialed 911 to report the suspicious activity.
After the arrival of police at the residence, four children were discovered; from ages 6 to 12. On Wednesday ABC News reported that the siblings were kept in separate bedrooms which were locked from the outside.
According to the sheriff’s office, the victims were locked in their rooms for up to 12 hours at a time without lights. One bedroom reportedly had a bucket as a toilet.
69-year-old Benito 64-year-old and Carol were booked on charges of child abuse. They appeared in court on Wednesday and both were held on $25,000 bond. Tucson News reported that, the couple is barred from any contact with minors or the victims.