Disabled son injured in attack released from hospital

The disabled man who suffered multiple injuries when he was attacked at his west Wichita home has been released from the hospital and is staying with family members, police said Monday.

The man’s younger brother found him following the attack Friday at his house in the 300 block of South Meadowhaven, which is south of Maple and just west of I-235, Lt. Randy Reynolds said. The 44-year-old man, who has Down syndrome, was taken to Wesley Medical Center.

An examination revealed the victim had a broken finger, two broken toes and a hematoma — internal bleeding — to his ear, Lt Doug Nolte said.

Police were called to the hospital, where a relative of the victim reported that the man’s stepfather smashed his toes with a hammer, punched him in the ear and hit his hands with a screwdriver and pliers. Upon further investigation, the 37-year-old stepfather was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated battery.

“We don’t have a reported history” of previous abuse, Reynolds said. “There could be unreported history, but nothing that’s been reported in the past.”

The victim is staying with his mother and brother elsewhere in the city, Reynolds said.