WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police arrested a 27-year-old father Tuesday night.
Police say an 8-day-old baby boy was brought into Via Christi St. Francis with a broken right femur.
“ The mother initially gave one version of events about the accident or the injury took place when the diaper was being changed,” says Lt. Doug Nolte with WPD. “The medical staff did not believe this was how the incident occurred. They contacted EMCU and detectives did interview the mother and she did change her statement. Changed the circumstances. This included a second individual, the father of the baby. He was, ultimately, arrested. ”
EMCU, Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit, detectives say they have not made an arrest in the second case this week of a child in danger. In the second case, a child was found with drugs in its system after a mother brought the baby in for problems with seizures.
Child advocacy experts say the public can help protect these kids.
“If you are frustrated, make sure their diaper has been changed, make sure they have been fed and put them in their crib and walk away,” says Cyndi Chapman.
Chapman is the NICU manager at Wesley Medical Center. She sees all kinds of cases of abused and neglected kids.
“And a child with drugs in their system can suffer later in life,” says Chapman. “ So you can see a child that looks perfectly normal from age zero to five and they get into school and you start seeing some problems. Behaviors, dyslexia, learning difficulties., speech, anything like that. ”
While the EMCU continues to investigate, other child experts say there is help.
“1-800-CHILDREN,” says Samantha Cotton with the Kansas Children’s Service League. “Just call. It’s anonymous. And it can offer a wide variety of ways to help.”
If you have a feeling a child is being abused, call 1-800-CHILDREN.
You can also click on the Kansas Children’s Service League: https://www.kcsl.org/