The stepmother of missing Kansas boy Lucas Hernandez was released from jail yesterday after a jury found her not guilty of child endangerment, but the Sedgwick County District Attorney pointed out that she still remains a person of interest in the little boy’s disappearance since she was likely the last witness to see him before he vanished.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Emily Glass, 26, received a not guilty verdict from a Sedgwick County jury for a child endangerment charge in relation to her 1-year-old daughter. Glass was accused of smoking marijuana before driving herself and her daughter to a local Olive Garden in Wichita on February 16.
On Wednesday, Sedgwick County DA, Marc Bennett, reminded the public that Glass’ acquittal does not mean she isn’t a person of interest in the disappearance of 5-year-old Lucas.
“I’m not saying anything the Police Department hasn’t already said: They identified her, I believe, as a person of interest. She’s certainly a witness in that case. The point is we’ll take evidence wherever it takes us and will continue to investigate this disappearance of Lucas Hernandez.”
Although the tips have lessened since Lucas disappeared on February 17, Bennet stated that police will work on any additional tips that come in and will continue to investigate the case.
“They’re working on the case as we speak. … They’re going to look at every other angle they can think of, take tips from the public, continue to search if and when applicable or appropriate, if they got some place to search.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lucas disappeared from his family home off of the 600 block of south Edgemoor, near Lincoln, in the afternoon or early evening of February 17, according to Glass. She reportedly told authorities that she took a nap at around 3 p.m. and when she woke up, the little boy was gone and the back door was open.
Authorities have maintained there’s no evidence to suggest Lucas left on his own.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Lucas Hernandez/Handout]