Wichita police place siblings living alone in protective custody

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Two teenage siblings with mental and physical disabilities have been placed in protective custody after authorities learned they were living alone in their home, police said.

A staff member at South High School contacted a school resource officer Tuesday after learning that a 16-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were living by themselves in the 2000 block of South Greenway, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said. That’s southeast of Pawnee and Broadway.

The siblings have mental and physical disabilities, Espinoza said, and are in the custody of grandparents. But the grandmother was recently placed in a care facility and their grandfather was removed from the home after an injury last week.

A neighbor had been trying to help the teenagers, but when officers went to check on the house, they found pets and feces inside and unsuitable living conditions, Espinoza said.

The teens have been placed in the Wichita Children’s Home while authorities investigate what can be done, Espinoza said.

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