Wichita police take two children into protective custody after unsafe living conditions

WICHITA, Kansas — Emergency crews were called to a home in the 300 block of Piatt after a toddler drank bleach.

“A little girl had gotten a hold of a cup that had some bleach in it and was able to ingest the bleach,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.

The incident happened at a home just steps away from the park at 3rd and Piatt and when emergency crews arrived they found another worry.

“When EMS got to the scene they were concern about the welfare of not only the two-year-old that had the bleach,” said Lt. Nolte, Wichita Police Department. “But also a 1-year-old that was there due to living conditions.”

Police say the living conditions were unsafe.

The home had human feces, it was infested with bugs, and had no running water so they took the kids into protective custody.

“There were several at least 7 adults living there with the children,” said Lt. Nolte.

Neighbors tell KSN News the family had reached out for help before asking if they could fill up their empty milk jugs with water.

“Again in these situations the intent is to get aid to the family and not to necessarily pursue criminal cases,” said Lt. Nolte. “We want to get the situation corrected and get help to the family.”

Local organizations including the American Red Cross want families to know that help is available.

“We do have a high volume of applicants so there is a need,” said Marena Assarsson, Regional Communication Officer for the American Red Cross Midway Kansas Chapter.

Families can stop by and apply for assistance with utilities, rent, grocery, and even gas and the process takes about a week.

“Because the need is so high there is no shame in asking for help because there are a lot of people and times are hard,” said Assarsson. “The economy is hopefully looking up, but you know it’s happening all around us.”

The Exploited and Missing Child’s Unit is handling the investigation.

The two-year-old girl was checked at a local hospital and is expected to be okay.

Click here for more information on how to apply for assistance  at the American Red Cross Midway Kansas Chapter.

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