Crime & Courts

Oldest of 9 goes to police station to report rape and abuse, police say

A mom's boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of rape and child abuse after the oldest of nine children went to a patrol station, police said.

Booking reports show Eric Eugene McFadden, 37, was arrested on suspicion of rape of a child under 13, child abuse and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He was arrested at around 3 p.m. on Friday at a Valero station near 21st and I-135 in north Wichita, the reports show.

One hour earlier, a 13-year-old boy told police that he had been abused and two other victims had been sexually assaulted, a police report said.

That boy was the oldest of nine children who were placed into police protective custody after their mom's boyfriend was arrested, Officer Charley Davidson said. In addition to the 13-year-old boy, there were two 12-year-old girls, a 9-year-old girl, an 8-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy, a 1-year-old boy, an infant boy and an infant girl listed as victims in the case, Davidson said.

The 13-year-old went to the Patrol North substation to report the abuse, Davidson said.

Jail records show McFadden is being held on $250,000 bond on suspicion of rape of a victim younger than 14, aggravated indecent liberties with a child and six counts of child abuse.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme