Wichita police shaking their heads at what they say they found at a home in east Wichita, just filth.">
Friday, Jan. 28, 2005
A 5-year-old boy told his elementary school teachers he didn’t want to go home. The boy goes to Lynwood Elementary, where his school nurse examined him and found he had lice. But that was just the beginning.
The nurse called an SRS worker, who went to the home on South Greenwood, talked with the boy’s 44-year-old father, then called police.
“Inside the residence there were 10 cages stacked on one another in the kitchen and within those 10 cages were approximately 23 rats,” says Lt. Dennis Wilson, with the Wichita Police Department.
But the rats weren’t really the problem.
“The condition of the house was horrible,” says Wilson. “There was rat feces in the house. Apparently, they would let the rats run loose and of course would not clean up after them. There were roaches in the house and there was no running water and hadn’t been for at least two weeks.”
Wilson says he suspects the father raises the rats and sells them.
Neighbors, who wouldn’t go on camera, say they could smell the feces in their yards. One even said he called the city to report the filthy conditions. At 5-years-old, the boy knew this wasn’t right.
“The child was extremely happy when the officers told him that the house was going to be cleaned up and things were going to be taken care of,” says Wilson.
There’s no word on who or where the boy’s mother is, it’s just the boy and his father living in the home. But, for now the boy is gone.
So far, no charges have been filed, but other agencies may become involved in the investigation. The child is in protective custody.