Stepmom of Missing 5-Year-Old Kansas Boy Charged With Child Endangerment

February 26, 2018 Updated: February 26, 2018

Police are still looking for a missing 5-year-old Kansas boy, nine days after he disappeared.

Police in Wichita and the FBI are involved in the search for Lucas Hernandez. According to The Associated Press in a report on Monday, now local citizens are involved in the search for the boy.

Hernandez’s stepmother, Emily Glass, was jailed last week for two counts of child endangerment. KWCH-TV reported Monday that she was officially charged with one count of endangering a child, appearing before a Sedgwick County District Court judge on Monday afternoon. According to a complaint, Glass endangered a 1-year-old and allowed the child “to be placed in a situation in which the child’s life, body or health may be endangered” on Feb. 16.

Glass may be the last person to have seen Lucas before he went missing on Feb. 17, according to police.

She wasn’t charged with the other count of child endangerment because the case involving Lucas’s disappearance is part of an investigation, a Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson told KWCH.

Lucas’s great aunt, Sally Rasmussen, wasn’t surprised by Glass’s arrest. She released photos to KAKE-TV that apparently showed bruises on the child’s body. She filed a report with Kansas Department for Children and Families and included the photos.

“I’m sorry that they did and that really pisses me off. Only because it seems like it’s about something else and it’s not happening now,” Hernandez said. “Now, if you want to bring that up later that’s fine. That’s a whole separate issue. I think it’s taking away from what’s happening and I don’t appreciate it. Not from my family, not from strangers.”

The father of the boy, Johnathan Hernandez, told KAKE that he thinks his son is still alive.

“Lucas is the sweetest, softest-hearted, kindest little kid I ever met,” he said. “I’m so proud to be able to be his father. I miss him very much. I love him very much and I just want him to come home.”

 

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