Lucas Hernandez's father charged with battery

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The father of Lucas Hernandez, a 5-year-old Wichita boy who's been missing for nearly three months, has been charged with battery in an unrelated case.

Wichita Police arrested Jonathan Hernandez Wednesday for abusing the 6-year-old son of Emily Glass, Lucas' stepmother. A police report showed the crime happened February 5, less than two weeks before Lucas was reported missing.

The Sedgwick County district attorney's office said in an email that 34-year-old Jonathan Hernandez appeared in court Wednesday morning and was charged with misdemeanor battery. He was scheduled for a bench trial on May 23, but it was continued to July 16.

In a statement, the district attorney said the case is not related to Lucas' disappearance

Volunteers with the Kansas Search Team were at the Sedgwick County Courthouse Wednesday, holding signs with Lucas' name.

"Trying to kind of put myself in Lucas' position, to almost wonder what is it that he really went through living in that household," said Misty Cox, with the Kansas Search Team.

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Lucas was reported missing from his east Wichita home on February 17. Wichita police have said that 26-year-old Emily Glass last saw Lucas that afternoon. She says she then took a shower and fell asleep. She reported Lucas missing from their east side home a few hours later.

Glass remains jailed on $50,000 bond for a charge of child endangerment involving her young daughter, of whom she recently lost custody. She hasn't been charged in Lucas' disappearance.

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