Father of Lucas Hernandez gets probation for hitting girlfriend's son

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The father of a 5-year-old Wichita boy reported missing and found dead months later has pleaded guilty to hitting another child.

A release from the Sedgwick County DA's office says 34-year-old Jonathan Hernandez pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation with an underlying six-month jail term.

Prosecutors say Hernandez struck the 6-year-old son of his girlfriend, Emily Glass, in February. It caused redness and swelling on the boy's chest.

Document: Lucas Hernandez' father disputes battery claim

A probable cause affidavit states the 6-year-old boy told investigators he was spraying a bottle of air freshener when Jonathan Hernandez pushed him down onto the couch by Hernandez putting his fingers in the boy's chest. 

Hernandez told investigators the boy had been told to stop spraying the bottle. Hernandez said he reached for the bottle and accidentally hit Glass' son in the chest.   

Emily Glass took her own life two weeks after she led a private investigator to the body of 5-year-old 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

Conditions of Hernandez' probation include requiring employment, no drug or alcohol use and no leaving the state without his probation officer's permission. Hernandez was ordered to successfully complete a court-approved parenting class.

According to a GoFundMe account set up by his mother, Hernandez is asking for donations to help him overcome a recent medical procedure and to cover his moving expenses.

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