Missing 5-Year-Old's Stepmom Arrested

She has been charged with endangering 2 children
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2018 3:19 AM CST
Police say Lucas has brown hair and eyes and weighs about 60 pounds.   (Wichita Police Department)

(Newser) – The last person to see missing Kansas 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez has been arrested on charges of child endangerment. Police in Wichita say 26-year-old Emily Glass, the boy's stepmother, was taken into custody Wednesday and the case is now a criminal investigation, CBS reports. Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler says Glass allegedly endangered both Lucas and a 1-year-old child. Lucas' great-grandmother tells the Wichita Eagle that the boy told her during a family visit long before the disappearance that he didn't like his stepmother because she was mean to him and had once kicked him and dragged him across a room.

Records seen by the Eagle show that police were called to Lucas' home for domestic violence incidents involving Glass and the boy's father, Jonathan Hernandez, several times over the last few years. Police say Glass reported Lucas missing around 6:15pm Saturday, saying she had last seen him around 3pm, before she took a nap. Police say there is still hope he will be found alive. "Lucas is the sweetest, softest-hearted, kindest little kid I ever met," his father tells KAKE. "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." (Read more missing child stories.)

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