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Parents arrested following baby’s death at west Wichita motel

Police investigate the death of a 2-month-old baby at a west Wichita motel on Aug. 30, 2018.
Police investigate the death of a 2-month-old baby at a west Wichita motel on Aug. 30, 2018. The Wichita Eagle

The parents of a 2-month-old baby boy whose death is being investigated by Wichita police have been arrested.

The parents had become intoxicated overnight, police spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

The father woke up next to the boy around 6 a.m. Thursday, found him not breathing and called 911, Davidson said.

This was the second time in two days that police were called to the motel. On Tuesday afternoon, police responded to a call at the same motel about the welfare of the twin brothers. The parents were intoxicated at the time and the children were placed with a family member, Davidson said in the release.

Police have not said how or when the twins were returned to their parents.

The boy’s 34-year-old father was booked into jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated child endangerment, Davidson said.

The boy’s 39-year-old mother was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated child endangerment, Davidson said.

Jail records identify the father and mother as Kyle Kempton, 34, and Christy Rollings, 39.

At 5:59 a.m. on Thursday, the boy’s 34-year-old father called 911 to report his son was not breathing, police said.

A caller told a 911 dispatcher that “the baby is bruised, looks like he’s been beaten,” according to radio traffic when police were en route to the motel.

When police and fire personnel arrived at the Scotsman Inn near Dugan and Kellogg, the baby boy was unresponsive, police said.

The boy was pronounced dead on the scene.

The baby, his twin brother and mother and father were living at the motel, Davidson said.

The baby’s brother was unharmed, Davidson said.

An autopsy will help determine the cause of death, and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office, Davidson said.



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