UDATE: Kids Not Living In Storage Facility
Associated Press - May 22, 2014 1:47 pm
Police Lt. James Espinoza confirmed late Thursday that the suspect is 26-year-old Cornell McNeal of Wichita.
Police in Wichita say a report of a woman and her grandchildren living in a commercial storage unit was incorrect.
KAKE-TV reports that after talking to the children’s father, police said Thursday the grandmother had taken them to the unit while she was doing some work there.
The incident began Wednesday morning when a driver reported seeing an unattended child outside the unit at Security Self-Storage in south Wichita.
Police went to the business and found the 38-year-old grandmother and three children, ages 1, 3 and 4. Based on the grandmother’s statements, officers initially believed the group had been living in a storage unit and took the children into protective custody.
The children were returned to their father Thursday, and no charges will be filed.
ORIGINAL: Wichita police say a 38-year-old woman and her three young grandchildren apparently were living in a storage unit.
Lt. Dan East says police were called Wednesday morning by someone who reported seeing an unattended child outside the unit at Security Self-Storage in south Wichita. When officers arrived, they found the woman and children – a 4-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy – living in the unit.
The children were taking into protective custody.
The woman was arrested on outstanding warrants but not on suspicion of child abuse.
The Exploited and Missing Child Unit is investigating the case.