Father charged with murder, child endangerment after two-year-old drowned in south Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The father of the two-year-old boy who drowned in south Wichita last week has officially been charged.
In his first court appearance, William Kabutu was charged with first and second degree murder, along with two counts of child endangerment.
Kabutu faces a bond of $150,000 and his next scheduled appearance in court is July 23.
The father of the 2-year-old boy who drowned in Wichita this week has been arrested and faces felony charges.
According to Sedgwick County, 44-year-old William Bautu was booked just before 3:30p.m. on Friday and faces a charge of felony murder and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.
His bond is set at $150,000.
Officials say Kabutu was intoxicated and took the 2-year-old boy and his 4-year-old brother to the pool.
According to a news release Kabutu allowed the boys to by-pass the pool fence. When the 2-year-old boy entered the pool, he was unable to stay above water and drowned.
Kabutu was unable to get into the pool due to a fence and locked gate. Emergency crews were called after a passerby arrived and called 911.
The case has been presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.