Mother, boyfriend arrested for abuse after Ark City children went missing

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Stephanie Cloud and Anthony Rylas (Cowley Co. Jail) Stephanie Cloud and Anthony Rylas (Cowley Co. Jail)

Police have arrested two people after two Arkansas City brothers went missing Tuesday evening and were found safe the following day in a field in a neighboring county. 

City spokesperson Andrew Lawson confirmed the mother, 32-year-old Stephanie Cloud, and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Anthony Ryals, were arrested Thursday. Jail record show they were each booked for felony counts of aggravated child endangerment and child abuse, and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

The two boys and their 14-year-old sister have been placed into protective custody with the Department for Children and Families. 

“The Arkansas City Police Department is thankful to all of the agencies and citizens who helped to locate the children and get them into a safe environment,” said Police Chief Dan Ward. “The safety of the most vulnerable in our community — the children — is a top priority for the police department.”

Officers on Tuesday took a report regarding the two missing boys, ages 12 and 13, who were located Wednesday about 15 miles west of their home by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation indicates that the boys had escaped after being locked in their room at a home in the 1000 block of South 3rd Street, Lawson said. 

DCF officials and police officers continued to investigate the incident throughout the day, and a search warrant was executed at the home. Lawson said Cloud and Ryals were arrested based on evidence gathered at the house. 

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Arkansas City Police Department at (620) 441-4444.

Lawson said Ryals is not the boys' biological father. Court record show he has convictions of aggravated robbery and cocaine possession out of Dallas, Texas. 

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Arkansas City police say two boys missing since Tuesday evening have been found safe. 

The department updated its Facebook post just after 3 p.m. Wednesday and thanked those who helped. Police Chief Dan Ward said a Sumner County deputy found the boys in a field about 15 miles from their home.

Police said on Facebook that the 13- and 12-year-old brothers were last seen at around 6 p.m. Tuesday on South 3rd Street. The boys had no phones and didn't know anyone in the area.  

Chief Ward said he was sure the boys were hungry and dehydrated but they were otherwise safe. 

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