Parents locked 4 adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricted food, bathroom use, police say


  1. Feb 21, 2018 3:53 PM EST: Bond was set at $25,000 for two parents accused of abusing four children who they adopted, Tuscon News Now reported.

    Benito Gutierrez, 69, and Carol Gutierrez, 64, were ordered not to contact the children, who range in age from six to 12, or any minors, according to the news station. The couple is scheduled to appear in court again March 5.
  2. Feb 21, 2018 2:40 AM EST: According to Tucson News Now and KVOA, 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.

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