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Arizona couple accuseed of holding adopted children captive without food, water and use of bathroom

February 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arizona couple accuseed of holding adopted children captive without food, water and use of bathroom

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The adoptive parents of four kids were taken into custody on child abuse charges after authorities discovered the children locked up without food, water or a bathroom at their residence in Tucson, Arizona.

Benito, 69, and Carol Gutierrez, 64, are facing charges of child abuse after one of the children left home through a bedroom window on Saturday and contacted police from a Family Dollar store, KVOA reported.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies discovered three additional children, whose were between the ages of 6- to 12-years-old, confined inside their respective bedrooms. The doors were allegedly locked from the outside.

A bucket was discovered in one bedroom, and it was being used as a toilet.

It’s now clear how long the children had been in the couple’s care and if they were related to each other.

The arrests carry a shocking resemblance to a case of child abuse in California where a couple was holding their 13 children captive under horrific conditions. David Turpin, 57, and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Turpin, reportedly chained the home-schooled kids to their beds and only permitted them to take a shower once per year.

The couple was taken into custody after their 17-year-old daughter fled through a window.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D) of St. Louis has called for immediate impeachment proceedings.

“Gov. Greitens has to go,” Nasheed said. “Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity, and instead they got a liar and alleged criminal.”

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