Disheveled child's appearance at Family Dollar store leads to couple's arrest

TUCSON, Ariz. – An Arizona couple have been arrested and jailed on suspicion of child abuse after authorities say four children were locked in separate rooms for up to 12 hours at a time with no access to food, water, lights or bathroom facilities. 

They were found when Pima County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a residence in the Tucson area regarding suspicious activity involving a child.

Deputies said they found four children, ranging in age from 6 to 12, living in the home with their adoptive parents. The children are biologically related to each other. 

The oldest child was able to escape through a bedroom window and walked to a Family Dollar store in the area, where he asked to use the phone. The clerk noticed the boy's disheveled appearance. He asked the child to walk him to his parents.

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