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Police: Storage unit wasn’t home for three children

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.

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Police say three young children who were placed in protective custody late Wednesday morning after authorities were told they lived in a south Wichita storage unit have not been living there after all.

An officer who went to check on a report of a young child standing outside of an open storage unit at Security Self-Storage, 2010 S. Seneca, at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday found three young children there with their grandmother, Lt. Dan East said.

The 38-year-old grandmother told the officer she lived there with the three children – a 4-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy.

The children were placed in protective custody as a precaution and the grandmother was arrested on two outstanding warrants issued by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

When detectives with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit conducted additional interviews with family members on Thursday, however, they learned the children were simply at the storage unit – not living there. The unit was being cleaned.

East said it’s unknown why the grandmother told the officer she lived there with the children.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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