A Kansas woman who was reportedly the last person to see missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez before he vanished was found not guilty of child endangerment on Wednesday.
KAKE reports that a Sedgwick County jury found 26-year-old Emily Glass not guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge that she spent the past three months behind bars for while awaiting trial. While prosecutors argued they had Glass on video admitting to smoking marijuana on February 16, then driving to a local Wichita Olive Garden with her 1-year-old daughter, the defense argued there wasn’t any proof, as authorities declined to request a drug test from Glass at the time.
“The things that are not going to be submitted to the jury are hair follicle, blood, saliva, weed, paraphernalia,” Glass’ defense lawyer said on Tuesday. “All of this here correct? Yes. Yet you allege or claim that she had marijuana present in her system.”
Further, the defense said there we no injuries on Glass’ toddler daughter and police found no marijuana or drug paraphernalia inside Glass’ home.
Authorities held Glass behind bars on a $50,000 bond due to the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Lucas. The little boy vanished on February 17 while in the care of Glass, who claimed she woke up from a nap to find him missing. Detectives stated that they’ve seen no evidence to suggest that Lucas wandered off on his own. After numerous searches, authorities still have not been to locate the boy, but Glass insisted she had nothing to do with his disappearance.
[Feature Photo: Lucas Hernandez/Handout]