Couple arrested after adopted children found living in squalor


ARIZONA (WAND) - Four children were rescued after they were found living in terrible conditions with their adoptive parents.

69-year-old Benito Gutierrez and 64-year-old Carol Gutierrez were charged with child abuse Tuesday according to the Pima County Sheriff's Office.

One of the children escaped out of a bedroom window and used a phone at a nearby Family Dollar to get help.

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Store employees who were worried about the boy's age and disheveled appearance called 911.

Police said they found the children, ranging in age from 6 to 12, each kept in their own bedrooms with doors that locked from the outside.

The kids were regularly denied food, water, lights, and the bathroom for up to 12 hours at a time.

One bedroom had a bucket that was used as a toilet.

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