9 children removed from home with holes in floor, little food

Nine children were placed into protective custody by police on Sunday after officers found them in a mobile home with holes in the floor and little food in the residence.

Someone called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to report seeing a child wearing only a soiled diaper wandering outside a mobile home in the 2200 block of East MacArthur, Lt. James Espinoza said. That’s east of Hydraulic in south Wichita.

Officers responding to the call found the little girl and went to the mobile home, where they found a 28-year-old man babysitting the nine children. The children ranged in age from 2 months to 10 years, Espinoza said.

The mother of four of the children and guardian of a fifth showed up about an hour after the officers arrived, he said, and the father of the other four children showed up sometime after that.

“He believed the mother of those kids lived there,” Espinoza said.

Officers found “very poor living conditions,” he said, including a sewer line that did not work and “very little to no food” in the refrigerator or cabinets.

The three boys and six girls are now in custody as the investigation continues, Espinoza said. No arrests have been made.

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