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Child’s death investigated as ‘suspicious’

Neighbor describes police presence before child's body was found

Kathy Niblack said she had noticed an increase in police presence on her street before the body of a 3-year-old boy was found. (Nichole Manna/The Wichita Eagle)
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Kathy Niblack said she had noticed an increase in police presence on her street before the body of a 3-year-old boy was found. (Nichole Manna/The Wichita Eagle)

Wichita police are investigating a suspicious death in south Wichita.

On Saturday, police officers were called to the 2000 block of S. Vine when a property owner who was cleaning out a rental property found a suspicious concrete structure inside the house with an odor, according to a press release issued by the Wichita Police Department on Sunday.

Police removed the concrete structure and discovered the remains of a child, about 3 years old.

Two residents of the house, a 40-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman, were arrested earlier this week on different charges associated with a child custody case. They are being held in the Sedgwick County Jail.

The investigation regarding the child’s death is ongoing, according Officer Charley Davidson.

“We have a tentative identification on the child, but confirmation of the child’s identity is being coordinated through the Sedgwick County Medical Examiner,” Davidson said in a prepared statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the child and others impacted by this tragic case.”

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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