Five children placed in protective custody after boy is beaten with belt, police say

Five children have been placed in protective custody by police after an 8-year-old boy showed up at school with numerous bruises on his body Wednesday, police said.

The boy’s bruises drew the attention of staff at Colvin Elementary School in south Wichita, Lt. Doug Nolte said. He was sent to the office and police were notified. The boy told school staff he had been beaten with a belt, a police report states.

Officers went to the boy’s home near 47th Street South and Hydraulic, where they became concerned about the welfare of the boy and his four siblings, Nolte said.

“The safety of the children in the home was a concern,” Nolte said.

All five children — which includes girls ages 6, 4, 3 and 2 — were placed in protective custody.

A relative who is “not a parent” has been identified as the suspect in the case, Nolte said, but no arrests have been made.

The Exploited and Missing Child Unit is investigating the incident, he said.