Feb 21, 2018 2:40 AM EST: According to Tucson News Now
, Tucson residents Benito and Carol Gutierrez – 69 and 64, respectively – were arrested on child abuse charges Tuesday after Pima County Sheriff's deputies found the children, ages 6 to 12, in the home on North Flowing Wells Road.
In a news release, the Sheriff's Department said the kids "were kept in separate bedrooms, which were locked from the outside." The children had "no access to food, water, lights or bathroom facilities for up to 12 hours at a time on a regular basis," the release said.
Authorities said they found a bucket for bathroom use in one room.
One child sneaked out of the home through a window over the weekend and contacted authorities, deputies said.Read more here