Family Reported Suspected Abuse Before Child's Death

Anonymous caller comes forward, and wants dialog about reporting suspected abuse

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says his officers did all they could the day of an anonymous 911 call reporting the suspected abuse of 3-year--old Emma Krueger. That call came 23 days before Emma was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Shari Lykins says her parents had been taking care of Emma since she was a baby. She says the May 10 anonymous call came from her family. Now, Shari wants to start a dialog about changes to the reporting system, so it doesn't happen to another child.

Chief Norman Williams says his officers went to the apartment building on South Hydraulic mentioned by the caller, but the wrong apartment number was given. He says officers even contacted 911 dispatch three times trying to confirm the number.

"We're not blaming anyone," he says. "But it's important to provide accurate information for the officers."

Lykins doesn't blame police. She simply wants to prevent another senseless death. "Let's educate the public and talk about what should have been done and stop pointing fingers about what wasn't."

Williams says others should have stepped in. "At the end of the day, somebody had to have seen the bruises."

He also says because the caller indicated he wanted to remain anonymous, dispatch honored that and didn't call him back to clarify. 911 dispatchers tell KAKE News that if they're sure the caller's identity won't be compromised, they will contact the person back with the number they capture. Police say the best way to report suspected child abuse is to call 911.

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