Judge denies bond reduction for Emily Glass

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A judge has denied a motion to reduce bond for the stepmother of a 5-year-old Wichita boy who was reported missing nearly a month ago.

Bond for 26-year-old Emily Glass remained at $50,000 following a hearing Wednesday. She has been held in the Sedgwick County Jail since she was arrested for child endangerment on February 21. 

Glass is accused of endangering her 1-year-old daughter on Feb. 16, one day before she reported Lucas Hernandez missing. Her attorney argued that a bond of $50,000 does not fit the crime of child endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Judge Kevin O'Connor said when setting bond, the judge must take into account all circumstances. Without mentioning Lucas's name, O'Connor said that because Glass is part of an ongoing investigation, she is a flight risk.

"That is not suggesting in any way that Ms. Glass is guilty, not guilty of any kind of events, but it's reality."

According to a probable cause affidavit, Glass said she was cleaning on Feb. 16, went to the garage to smoke "a few bowls" and drove to Olive Garden near Central and Rock Road. The document says only Glass' daughter was with her during this time. 

Assistant District Attorney Monika Hoyt said Glass also possibly left another child at home.

Glass's attorney, Julia Leth-Perez said "the only issue in this case is the possible ingestion of marijuana in presence of her minor child. That is the only charge before this court. Any issues outside that charge are not before the court this day and they will not be before the court unless they're charged."

Should Glass post bail, the judge ordered she wear an ankle monitor.

Document details child endangerment case against Emily Glass

Family concerned about Wichita boy's welfare before he went missing

Wichita police have said that Glass claimed she last saw Lucas when she then took a shower and fell asleep at their home near Kellogg and Edgemoor. Glass has not been charged in connection with the boy's disappearance. 

Law enforcement officers, using dogs, horses, drones and divers, searched numerous parks after Lucas was reported missing. Volunteers and out-of-state groups have also searched for the boy. 

People with information on the case can call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 or Wichita police detectives at (316) 268-4407. 

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The step mother of a Wichita boy missing for nearly a month is asking to be released from jail.

The attorney for Emily Glass has requested a hearing to modify the bond for her client.  Glass is held on a misdemeanor count of endangering a child.  Her bond is $50,000.   She's accused of endangering her 1-year-old daughter.   Glass was at home with 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez on February 17th.  That was the last time the boy was seen.

Attorney Julia Leth-Perez is asking for an "own recognizance" bond, which would allow Glass to be free as long as she promises, in writing, to appear in court.  Leth-Perez argues her client doesn't pose a threat to the community.    

A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.  

Glass’ motion comes as Texas EquuSearch returns to Wichita, hoping the searches the groups perform are more successful this time than they were nearly a week ago.

“I wish we had something, some new information that brought us back,” said founder Tim Miller.

What brought them back was sheer determination to find the missing boy.

“This is a process of elimination,” he said. “We spent a lot of time with detectives going through some areas of interest that we had.”

They’re joining with local activists, bringing at team of searchers together to look again. Police have called their assistance vital.

“We continue to work with members of EquuSearch, who have assisted us in the search for Lucas,” said Officer Charley Davidson, spokesman for Wichita Police Department.

Davidson announced Monday morning that the number of leads have diminished. He said they’ve closed down a special tip line dedicated to clues about Lucas.

“We still need and receive information, just through two different avenues – Crimestoppers and our Detectives,” he said.

Miller knows the heartbreak of a missing child all too well. His daughter, Laura, was kidnapped in 1984, but her body wasn’t found for six months.

After that, he founded the organization he still runs to help find other missing people.

“There’s one thing worse than having a murdered child and that’s knowing it’s out there dead somewhere and never being able to say goodbye,” he said.

Miller admits he fears the worst for Lucas, but hopes his grim prediction is wrong and that the boy miraculously is still alive.

“Time’s not on our side,” he said. “Law enforcement’s side and certainly not the side of Lucas.”

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