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Police take two boys into protective custody

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.

Wichita police have taken two boys into protective custody and arrested their mother after checking on the family’s living conditions.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, Wichita police were dispatched to the 400 block of North Kansas, near Central and I-135, for a welfare check. When they arrived, they discovered a 7-year-old boy walking in the street. He told police his mother had locked him out of the house and left with his brother, according to Sgt. Scott Brunow, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

Police tried to contact the boy’s mother but were initially unsuccessful. They took the boy into police protective custody; he told them hadn’t had anything to eat or been able to bathe in two days.

At 9:30 p.m., when the mother returned, the neighbors called police. When police arrived, the mother told police she didn’t know where her 7-year-old was. When police entered the home, they found it filthy, Brunow said. There was no electricity in the house.

The 9-year-old was also taken into protective custody.

The mother was taken into custody under suspicion of two counts of criminal nonsupport of a child and a pre-existing warrant.

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