Wichita police have arrested a 34-year-old father and 39-year-old mother in connection with the death of their 2-month-old boy.
According to authorities, the father, identified on records as Kyle L. Kempton, has been booked into jail for suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated child endangerment. The mother, identified on records as Christy L. Rollings, has been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated child endangerment.
At around 6 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a call of a child not breathing at a hotel in the 5900 block of West Kellogg. When officers arrived, the boy was found unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Upon further investigation, police learned the parents had become intoxicated overnight. Thursday morning the father woke up next to the boy, found him not breathing and called 911.
Police say officers were called to the same hotel Tuesday concerning the welfare of the twins. The parents were intoxicated at the time and the children were placed with a responsible family member.
On Friday, police commented.
“As a policy, we can find an adequate place. We can do that through our investigation in lieu of placing them in the children’s home,” said officer Charley Davidson. “On Wednesday afternoon, the family member had returned the children to the parents.”
Officer Davidson said a case number was made and would have been referred to the department’s Exploited and Missing Child Unit. KSN asked if DCF was notified in the case.
“I don’t know at what point they would be notified. I believe a child neglect case was made. So our Exploited and Missing Child Unit, which works with DCF, would be involved in the case.”
Police later reached out on Friday and told KSN DCF was contacted Tuesday night. KSN is reaching out to DCF to see when they were contacted.
KSN has requested documents from DCF to what it knew and when it knew about the child death.
The Exploited and Missing Child Unit confirms the babies had been removed from the parents and turned over to a family member.
“On Tuesday when officers responded to the initial call, there was no reports of any physical abuse to the kids,” said Lt. Dale Mattern with EMCU. “The kids appeared to be in good health and the officer supervisor on scene decided to release the children to a responsible relative. They went to that relative home, they checked the living conditions (and) everything appeared to be fine. At that point they left the kids in that responsible relative custody.”
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of the boy’s death.
The investigation is ongoing. Police say the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.
Wichita police are currently investigating the death of a 2-month-old boy at a west Wichita hotel.
Officials were called to the Scotsman Inn at Kellogg and Dugan around 6 a.m. to a child not breathing.
The boy was found unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead on scene. The boy’s twin brother was also on scene, unharmed.
The ongoing investigation has revealed the two children, their 34-year-old father and 39-year-old mother were living at the hotel. The father found the boy not breathing and called 911.
The cause of death is unknown.