Crime & Courts

Haysville baby died from ‘internal injuries,’ police say; man arrested

Andrew Wayne Franklin, 32, was arrested and booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.
Andrew Wayne Franklin, 32, was arrested and booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse. Sedgwick County Jail

Andrew Wayne Franklin has been arrested in the death of a 4-month-old baby who died from internal injuries after spending five days in the hospital, Haysville Chief of Police Jeff Whitfield said Friday.

Franklin’s relationship with the baby is unclear.

On Saturday, Haysville police assisted Sedgwick County emergency personnel with a report of a 4-month-old possibly having a seizure in the 400 block of Sarah Lane in Haysville. The baby was taken to the hospital in critical condition, Whitfield said.

At the hospital, it was discovered that the baby had internal injuries that caused its death on Thursday, Whitfield said.

Franklin, 32, was arrested Thursday and booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, child abuse and failure to comply, Sedgwick County Jail records show. The failure to comply charge is related to a 2013 shoplifting case, Wichita Police Officer Charley Davidson said.

Haysville police made the arrest, according to jail records.

Court documents show Franklin has at least two children, ages 12 and 9. He was scheduled to appear in Sedgwick County District Court on Oct. 11 for a child support hearing.

From 2005 to 2007 Franklin was under state supervision for a 2004 burglary.

Whitfield said the death is still under investigation, with results of the investigation set to be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on Monday afternoon.



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