Missing Wichita boy's father believes son is still alive

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Wichita police have arrested 26-year-old Emily Glass. Glass is the last person to see her 5-year-old stepson, Lucas Hernandez, before he went missing. 

She's being held on two counts of endangering a child. Police say one count is for Lucas and the other is for a 1-year-old.

The news of the arrest isn't surprising to some of the child's family members. Lucas's great aunt, Sally Rasmussen, released photos only to KAKE News showing bruises on Lucas's body. Rasmussen says the photos were taken in May 2017. They show bruises on the child's face, arm, back and buttocks. Rasmussen says the photos were included in a report she filed with the Kansas Department for Children and Families last year.

Stepmother of missing Wichita boy arrested for child endangerment

KAKE New spoke with the boy's father, Johnathan Hernandez. During our interview we asked him if Glass abused the child. We made him aware his family members reached out to us about the possible abuse.

"I'm sorry that they did and that really pisses me off. Only because it seems like it's about something else and it's not happening now," Hernandez said. "Now, if you want to bring that up later that's fine. That's a whole separate issue. I think it's taking away from what's happening and I don't appreciate it. Not from my family, not from strangers."

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He says he still believes his son is somewhere alive and he is focused on finding him.

"Lucas is the sweetest, softest-hearted, kindest little kid I ever met," he said. "I'm so proud to be able to be his father. I miss him very much. I love him very much and I just want him to come home."

KAKE News reached out to DCF about the abuse complaint that was filed. The department said legally it can't discuss its possible history with the family publicly.

We're learning more about the child's home environment. According to police records between February 2016 to December 2017 police responded to at least four domestic violence calls involving Glass and Johnathan Hernandez at their home.

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