Crime & Courts

Police identify toddler who died from injuries over the weekend

The 2-year-old boy who was not breathing when police found him Friday has died from his injuries, Officer Paul Cruz with the Wichita Police Department confirmed on Sunday.

Lt. Jeff Gilmore identified the boy as Anthony Bunn on Monday.

On Friday, officers were sent to the 800 block of North Woodrow, in Riverside, at about 7:45 a.m.

When Emergency Medical Service arrived, Anthony was receiving CPR by a family member who had arrived at the house, Gilmore said. EMS took over and noticed severe trauma to his head and face, he said.

The child's mother and her boyfriend provided no explanation for the injuries.

Anthony was taken to a hospital in critical condition. A preliminary investigation revealed the boy had sustained "substantial" injuries to his face and head, Davidson said.

The toddler’s 22-year-old mother, Elizabeth Woolheater, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Lucas Diel, were both arrested and booked into jail on Friday evening. They are being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and endangering a child.

In October 2017, police investigated a child abuse situation that is now related to this case, Gilmore said. The case was turned over to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office, but there was not enough evidence to file any charges at that time.

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