Two boys who had substantial bruising were taken into protective Wednesday by Wichita police.
Authorities became aware of the situation after a 12-year-old boy walked into the Walgreens at Edgemoor and Harry shortly before 4:30 p.m. and told someone he was afraid to go home, Lt. Doug Nolte said.
After police arrived, they found the boy had substantial bruising on his legs, arms and upper right shoulder from being hit with a belt, a police document said.
When the police went to the boy’s home, the parents weren’t home. But they found a 13-year-old brother who also had substantial bruising on his body, as well as an injured elbow, Nolte said.
The older boy had broken his elbow a week earlier when he fell off a trampoline, but the boy told police his parents refused to get him medical treatment, Nolte said.
Both boys were taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment.
The 12-year-old had walked to the Walgreens from his home, which is near the store in southeast Wichita, Nolte said. No other children were found in the home by police, he added.
It took two hours for the boys’ parents, who are both 48 years old, to learn their children were in protective custody, Nolte said.