7 kids in protective custody, another hospitalized after welfare check

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WICHITA, Kan. — Seven children are in police protective custody and another is hospitalized following a welfare check yesterday in southeast Wichita.

Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the 5100 block of East Pawnee to check the welfare of several children.

Agents from the Department of Children and Families were already at the home following up on a six-year-old girl who had suffered a third-degree burn to her right thigh on December 1. Agents were told the child was burned after her dress had caught on fire, Sgt. Bradford of the EMCU said. The state workers were there to check why the girl hadn't been back to the hospital for follow-up treatments, including a skin graft procedure she had been scheduled to undergo.

Officers arrived and found several children in poor living conditions. The 6-year-old was taken back to an area hospital, while the other 7 children, ranging in age from 3 to 11, were taken into protective custody.

It appears the mother is a single parent and lives in the homes with the children, who are all related to her, Sgt. Bradford said. He says there are several other relatives who live in the home.

Detectives and DCF are interviewing the mother as to why she didn't take the child to get follow-up treatments.

The Exploited and Missing Children unit is also investigating. No arrests have been made.

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