Police: 9-month-old Wichita girl in abuse case has died

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Wichita police say a 9-month-old girl has died days after she was abused.

Police spokesperson Charley Davidson said that  9-month-old Maela Flores died Wednesday.

Officers previously arrested 25-year-old Brietan Rader for child abuse, child endangerment and drug charges. He is now also charged with first-degree murder. 

Wichita police responded at around 11:20 p.m. Friday to a report of a child not breathing. They arrived at an apartment complex near 13th and West streets to find a 9-month-old girl who was injured while in Rader's care. He was not the child's father.  

"The WPD continues its thoughts and prayers for all those affected in this tragic case," Officer Davidson said.

It was the second case of child abuse on Friday. Two-month-old twins remained hospitalized the other case. 

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Wichita police say a 9-month-old girl remains in critical condition following a case of alleged abuse last week. 

Brietan Rader was booked Saturday morning for child abuse, child endangerment, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's jailed on $250,000 bond.

Officers responded at around 11:20 p.m. Friday to assist the fire department on a report of a child not breathing at an apartment complex in the 3600 block of West 13th Street, near West Street.

Capt. Brent Allred said the child was injured while in the care of Rader, who is not the girl's father. She was in very critical condition on Monday.

According to police, Rader called the girl's mother and told her the girl was not breathing. The mother then located a sheriff's lieutenant and flashed her lights to get him to stop. He then followed her back to the apartment. 

Rader's 6-year-old son and a 2-year-old boy were not injured. Police took them into protective custody. 

Capt. Allred said that officers also found a marijuana grow operation in the apartment. 

Wichita police are investigating another child abuse case that happened Friday. A 2-month-old boy is in critical condition, and his twin sister was also hospitalized with a healing broken femur. 

"It's very well possible that these two could turn into a child fatality," Allred said.

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