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Wichita police make an arrest in baby's death

Wichita police make an arrest in baby's death

By George Lawson and Nic Wahl . CREATED Jul 24, 2014

Wichita police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the death of a ten-month-old girl who was left in a hot car in a south side neighborhood.

Homicide lieutenant Todd Ojile said the man was booked into jail for child endangerment.  He is the foster father of the girl.   Ojile said the man had picked the girl up and returned to a home in the 1500 block of South Topeka, then he went into the house with another child.   Later, the man and his 26-year-old roommate realized that the girl was not in the house, and they rushed out to the car.

Ojile said there were two adopted children, ages 5 and 7, who have been taken into protective custody.  There were also four foster children in the home, ages 18, 3 and 5, and the ten-month-old girl who died. 

Temperatures were in the low 90s with a heat index of 93, but it's not known what the temperature in the car was at the time the girl was left inside.    Ojile said when officers got to the scene, the windows were rolled up in the car. 


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UPDATE:  There is word that an arrest has been made in the death of a ten-month old girl who was left in a car in south Wichita during hot temperatures on Thursday.  

It happened in the 1500 block of South Topeka. Officers were called to the area around 6:40 p.m. Thursday. 

KFDI's Jake Bowles reports that police found the girl unresponsive shortly after they got to the scene.  It was unclear whether the girl was in or outside of the vehicle when found by police. 

Nieghbors said the guardians of the girl were two brothers who have fostered several children in the past.   The brothers were being questioned by police.

She was unresponsive and died a short time later.   

(photo courtesy KWCH)