Wichita men charged in separate child abuse cases; 2 babies still critical

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Marlin Williams Marlin Williams
Brietan Rader Brietan Rader

Two men have been charged with abusing children in separate cases in Wichita last week.

Brietan Rader, 25, and Marlin Williams, 22, made their first court appearances on Tuesday. Rader faces child abuse and drug charges, and Williams is charged with three counts of aggravated battery. Each remains jailed on $250,000 bond. 

Police accuse Williams of abusing his 2-month-old twins. Officers responded at around noon Friday to a report of a child not breathing in the 2800 block of South Emporia. 

The boy had critical internal injuries and previous injuries, and the baby's twin sister had a healing broken femur. Two other children were placed in police protective custody. All four are Williams' children. 

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

Rader's 6-year-old son and a 2-year-old boy were placed in protective custody, and police said they found a marijuana grow operation in the apartment. 

The 2-month-old boy and 9-month-old girl remained in critical condition on Tuesday, according to the Wichita Police Department. The younger boy's twin sister is also in the hospital. 

Williams and Rader are due back in court on January 30. Protection from abuse orders are in place for both suspects. 

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