Toddlers found wandering near Second and I-135 taken into protective custody

Police found two young children, crying and hungry, wandering outside a Wichita house.

A neighbor spotted the 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl in the 2000 block of East Second Street shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday and called 911, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Officers responded and found the children and then began looking for where the children came from.

They spotted an open door to a house in the block next to I-135, Nolte said. When they went inside, they found several adults who were “unresponsive due to alcohol and/or drugs,” he said.

The officers found drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the room.

“The occupants had had a party the night before and were sleeping it off,” Nolte said.

The children had awakened and wandered outside. They were taken into police protective custody. Three people were arrested, including a 23-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man.

The 21-year-old mother of the children was not arrested, Nolte said. The Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit is investigating the incident.