TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson-area couple were arrested and jailed on suspicion of child abuse after authorities say four children were allegedly locked in separate rooms for up to 12 hours at a time with no access to food, water, lights or bathroom facilities.
No bail was immediately set for 69-year-old Benito Gutierrez or 64-year-old Carol Gutierrez and online court records didn’t show either has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
The Sheriff’s Department says deputies went to the home Saturday in response to a 911 call from a store clerk after a boy asked to use the phone’s store.
The department says the boy had left the home through a bedroom window was in a disheveled condition.
The children were immediately removed from the home.