The stepmother of missing 5-year-old Kansas boy, Lucas Hernandez, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on child endangerment charges.
According to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Emily Glass is charged with two counts of child endangerment in connection with a young boy who disappeared from his Wichita home on Saturday.
So far, little details are available surrounding details of the arrest, but local station KAKE reported that the child’s grandmother gave the station photos of Lucas with bruises on his back and arms. The grandmother stated that family members contacted social services and reported abuse in the past in another state, but nothing had yet been done about it to her knowledge.
CrimeOnline spoke exclusively with the boy’s father on Wednesday morning, prior to Glass’ arrest, who said he is holding out hope that his child will come home safely. He also said Lucas has a speech impediment but can clearly call out for help if needed.
As of Wednesday evening, Lucas remains missing. He’s described 4 feet tall and weighs around 60 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing white socks, black pants, and a grey shirt with a teddy bear on the front. He also has a cleft palate and a speech impediment. His family reported that it’s not typical for the boy to wander off.
Lucas was last seen on Saturday at around 3 p.m. at his home off of the 600 block of south Edgemoor, near Lincoln. Glass claimed she was taking care of Lucas and his younger sister when he vanished. She allegedly took a shower and then nap at around 3 p.m., while Lucas also napped, but when she woke up, the back door of the home was open and the little boy was nowhere in sight.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact 911 immediately.
[Feature Photo: Lucas Hernandez/Family Handout]