The Tucson authorities recently arrested a couple who allegedly kept four adopted children in horrid condition with no access to food, water, and bathroom facilities. Authorities declared that the Tucson couple was taken into custody shortly after one of the children escaped the house and sought refuge in a nearby convenience store.
Tucson Couple Would Force Children to Use a Bucket Instead of Bathroom
On Tuesday, the Tucson authorities arrested 64-year-old Carol Gutierrez and 69-year-old Benito Gutierrez. The Tucson couple was charged with severe child abuse after the authorities learned how they treated their four adopted children.
According to the police report, on Tuesday, the owner of a convenience store called 911 and told the emergency dispatcher that a malnourished child entered the store seeking help. The call led them to the house of the Gutierrez family where they’ve discovered three other children, ages 6 to 12, living in squalid conditions.
All three children were kept in separate bedrooms, barred from the outside and locked on the inside. Moreover, the authorities discovered that the children were left without food, water, electricity, and denied access to a bathroom.
Later, the authorities learned that the Tucson couple placed a single metal bucket inside one of the rooms and forced the children to use it.
According to the authorities, this isn’t the first time that a child managed to escape the house and draw attention to the couple’s deeds. When confronted by the authorities, the Tucson couple could not provide a plausible motive regarding the ill-treatment.
For their deeds, the Tucson couple has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. All four children were removed from the house and taken to the hospital, later to be placed in a foster home. At this point, it’s not yet clear if the couple hired a lawyer to represent them during the upcoming trial.
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