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.
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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.