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Three children removed from home after teachers report 11-year-old having bleach burns

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.

Police removed three children from a Wichita home on Wednesday after teachers at a Wichita school reported one of them came to school with bleach burns on her face and head.

The 11-year-old girl’s injuries had apparently occurred on Feb. 14, and had not been reported by anyone in the child’s home, said Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte.

Educators at the school, which Nolte declined to name, called the Exploited and Missing Child Unit immediately after they saw the girl’s injuries, Nolte said.

EMCU investigators went to the home, found “dirty and unacceptable living conditions,” and removed the other children immediately, Nolte said. A 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl were taken from their 34-year-old mother and placed in protective custody at The Wichita Children’s Home, Nolte said. The 11-year-old’s injuries were serious enough that she remained hospitalized at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Nolte said.

The other two children were given medical examinations and released to the Children’s Home, Nolte said.

An investigation continues, and EMCU investigators will stay in touch with the mother, Nolte said.

No one has been arrested, Nolte said.

Reach Roy Wenzl at 316-268-6219 or rwenzl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @roywenzl.

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