DE SOTO — The grandparents of a 6-year-old found in the attic of his mother's home are seeking custody of the boy and his siblings.
The boy was discovered this past week after the grandparents asked the Johnson County Sheriff's Office to check on him.
The grandparents' attorney, Sarah Swain, says her clients had not seen the boy in about four months and were concerned. She says the grandparents didn't know what led to the boy, who has Down syndrome, being put in the attic.
The boy's mother, 26-year-old Rachel Perez, has been charged with aggravated child endangerment and child abuse. The attorney said Perez also is the mother of two girls, ages 8 and 5, and is pregnant with another child.
Man hit with baseball bat during argument
Wichita police arrested a 27-year-old man Sunday and were searching for another man they believe may have beaten a 35-year-old man with a baseball bat.
The incident happened in the 3900 block of East Roseberry shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Wichita police Sgt. Steve Yarberry.
The victim told police he was beaten with a baseball bat after the 27-year-old man provoked a fight, angry that a power cord that had been supplying power to his house had become unplugged. Police are searching for a 38-year-old man who proceeded to beat the victim with a bat.
The man received cuts to his head and was knocked unconscious. He refused medical aid on the scene.
The 27-year-old was arrested on assault charges.
Motorist robbed after knocking motorcycles
When police arrived at a restaurant parking lot in the 1200 block of South Rock Road early Sunday, a 21-year-old man told officers he didn't remember what had happened.
But, according to police, witnesses said the man drove into the lot shortly before 3 a.m. and was seen striking and knocking down several sport bikes that belonged to men who were inside the restaurant.
"The suspects... noticed the victim knock the motorcycles down, ran out of the restaurant, attacked the victim while he was still in the vehicle and drug him out of the vehicle," said Sgt. Steve Yarberry, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.
"One of the suspects kicked the victim in the face and went though his pockets, took his cell phone and fled on the motorcycles in an unknown direction."
The man was taken to Via Christi on East Harry with minor injuries. The suspects have not been located.
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