Court document released in deadly Wichita fire, AMBER Alert case

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Reyona Caldwell Reyona Caldwell
House fire on Ash Street Friday, June 2, 2017 | Courtesy Wichita Fire Department House fire on Ash Street Friday, June 2, 2017 | Courtesy Wichita Fire Department

A court document reveals new information in a deadly fire that led to an AMBER Alert in Wichita.  

Dane Wright is charged with murder and other crimes in last month's death of Reyona Caldwell. Caldwell's body was found in a burning home and her three children were missing. The children's disappearance led to an AMBER Alert.

Neighbors in the 300 block of North Ash reported seeing smoke coming from the house on June 2nd. Fire crews found Caldwell's body in the basement, under a mattress and metal shelf.  A large puddle of what appeared to be blood and a can of gasoline were also found in the basement. 

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According to a probable cause affidavit, one of Caldwell's children said Wright picked them up to take to breakfast, then left them in the car while he went back in the house. 

The children were later found in a South Wichita hotel. Wright was arrested nearby.  

During an interview with police, Wright told officers he left the children there on special occasions while he used methamphetamine in a separate motel and went to a nearby casino.  

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