UPDATE: Friday, July 13, 2012
A late afternoon medical call turns into something much more serious for Wichita first responders.
"They had a 72-year-old female who had been covered in insect bites and fecal matter appeared to be all over her legs," Lt. Doug Nolte said.
As they looked around the home Thursday, the bigger picture came into view.
"The house was in a very poor condition with no air conditioning and there was a lot of trash and other things that were in the house," Nolte said.
Also in the house were four children.
"A 17-year-old, 16-year-old, 14-year-old, and a 10-month-old," Nolte said.
The EMS responders, suspicious of mistreatment, called for police assistance.
"Officers determined these four youths needed to be taken out of the home and placed in protective custody," Nolte said.
None of the children was taken to the hospital.
EMS responders took the 72-year-old woman to Wesley Medical Center. Nolte says she was in serious condition.
He says she was living in the home with her 37-year-old daughter and her daughter's 35-year-old husband.
"At this point, officers and investigators will follow up to see what if anything these two individuals, who were basically in charge of the home, could have done differently or if there are any other criminal issues there," Nolte said.
Nolte says police have spoken with both the daughter and her husband already.
There have been no arrests.
Officers say while what EMS responders found in the home is disturbing, these kinds of cases are not open and shut.
"In a situation like this, if this is a family in need that didn't know how to get assistance, that's one of the things we will have to factor in," Nolte said.
But no matter the circumstances, he says it's a good reminder for each of us to be more vigilant.
"Be neighborly. Ask if there is anything that can be done," Nolte said. "If suspicion level is at the point where you think something is going on, it doesn't hurt to call and have an officer come out and make sure that everything is OK."
Friday, July 13, 2012
An emergency team responding to a call near 9th and Grove Thursday afternoon found a 72-year-old woman covered with insect bites--and fecal matter-- all over her body.
EMS took the woman to the hospital where police said she was in serious condition. Four kids, ages 17,16,14 and 10-months, were taken into police protective custody. The woman was living with her daughter and son-in-law. Police are still investigating whether criminal charges will be filed.