DA: No charges in death of 5-year-old Lucas HernandezPosted: Updated:
District Attorney Marc Bennett says no charges will be filed in the death of a 5-year-old Wichita boy who was found dead months after his father's girlfriend reported him missing.
Bennett and Capt. Brent Allred held a news conference Friday to share the conclusion of the Lucas Hernandez case. The last page of a report provided to the media says, "In light of the death of the sole suspect in the death of Lucas Hernandez, no charges will be filed concerning his death in February of 2018."
"We're not holding anything back at this point," said Bennett.
Investigators went through their timeline, starting with Emily Glass, Lucas' father's live-in girlfriend.
Glass told police she took a nap February 17th and when she woke up, Lucas was gone.
Glass also said the back door of their Edgemoor home was slightly open.
However, surveillance video nearby didn't show Lucas walking out of the home or being taken.
"Investigators sought and received phone records from the phone providers of both Ms. Glass and Lucas' father, Jonathan Hernandez."
Those records show Glass turned off her phone for two hours the night before she reported the five-year-old missing.
The next morning, her phone was off for about an hour.
Police now think that's when Glass was dumping the child's body, which was later discovered under a bridge along a dirt road in Harvey County.
Glass was given a lie detector test.
She was asked if she hurt Lucas and if she could take law enforcement to his location.
She answered "no."
"According to the polygraph examiner, both answers showed deception," said Captain Allred.
Emily Glass took her own life two weeks after she led a private investigator to the body of Lucas Hernandez, who she reported missing on Feb. 17.
Glass was recorded during her interactions with the investigator saying, "I did Lucas so wrong." No charges have been filed in the boy's death.
Lucas' father was sentenced to probation this month for striking Glass' 6-year-old son in February.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Previous story from June 8, 2018:
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett gave an update Friday on the Lucas Hernandez case, following the death of Emily Glass.
Glass, who was the main focus in investigation into the death of five-year-old Lucas Hernandez, was found inside her home on east Edgemoor with a gunshot wound early Friday morning from a reported suicide. Police reported that there was a rifle and three separate suicide notes at the scene. The details in those notes have not been released.
Many are now wondering what will happen in the investigation into the death of Lucas Hernandez, to which district Attorney Marc Bennett responded.
Bennett says the death of Emily Glass is a new development in the case in the death of Lucas Hernandez but that the investigation will continue.
When addressing the criticism in releasing Glass from jail 72 hours after her arrest, Bennett said it was due to the fact that they "were not in a position to charge Glass at the time." Adding that they "needed more time, these are complicated cases."
Just within the last 24 hours, law enforcement had received subpoenas and "positive information" in the case. Bennett added that there is still a lot of activity going on behind the scenes in regards to the investigation.
When asked how Glass' death and awaiting results of the autopsy are connected to the overall investigation Bennett simply stated that it is "to be decided."