MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
A 3-year-old girl is in protective custody after police said her parents were found asleep in a car with after doing heroin.
Police were called to the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 3223 N. Rock Road Sunday afternoon. A citizen called 911 after spotting two adults sleeping in a car.
Officers found the two adults and the 3-year-old girl all asleep in the car.
"Upon waking them up and investigating, they found the two adults were under the influence of heroin and had been using heroin inside the car with the 3-year-old in the car with them," Lt. Joe Schroeder said.
Police say it appears the child was not injured but nonetheless was not safe with those adults.
"The 3-year-old child was taken into protective custody and transported to the children's home," Schroeder said.
Police arrested Rene Garza Jr., 31, and Amanda Consemiu, 22. They were booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on charges of endangering a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.
This is not the first brush with the law for either of them.
Consemiu was arrested in December 2012 for various traffic violations including driving without a license. She then did not show up for her court date.
Garza was convicted of a DUI in 2011. He was paroled just a couple of weeks ago on March 4.
Following the arrests, Chuck E. Cheese's issued a statement saying:
"As parents and residents of Wichita, our hearts go out to the child involved and all of those impacted by this event. The individuals in question were not Chuck E. Cheese's guests and to our knowledge did not enter the restaurant at any time ..."
"We are extremely thankful for the dedicated service of the Wichita law enforcement and the swift actions of our local community members. At Chuck E. Cheese's, providing wholesome entertainment to families with young children and maintaining a safe experience for our guests and staff is a primary concern for us just as it is top-of-mind for the families and parents who visit us."
Garza and Consemiu are expected to make their first court appearances as early as Tuesday.