WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita police are investigating three separate cases of child endangerment.
The first was reported Wednesday morning near 13th and Old Manor.
Police say there was an anonymous report made that children were living in filthy conditions.
“When officers went to check, they found that the residence had human feces, trash, rotting food and dirty diapers all over the floor. They said the odor was overwhelming. They found two children living in the house, a 2-year-old and 4-year-old,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.
Another 6-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy were picked up from school.
The children were taken into protective custody, and their parents were booked on four counts of child endangerment.
Later that evening, another case of child endangerment was reported to police near 25th and Arkansas.
A 3-year-old toddler was found walking in the street.
Officers took a picture of the child and began going door-to-door until they found the mother.
“The mother was unaware that the child was gone, and at that point, they began to do a little bit more in terms of an investigation,” said Nolte.
Officers took a 2, 3 and 8-year-old into custody over a concern that the mother didn’t know where her children were.
Finally, early Thursday, police responded to the 1100 block of East Lincoln.
Police in the area saw a car parked near a building a found a woman and 1-year-old inside.
Officers questioned her, and she said she ran out of gas.
They also asked why her child wasn’t restrained.
She told them she made poor choices.
Police called family members, and the child was taken in by them.
The Exploited and Missing Child Unit continues to investigate all three cases.