Stepmother of missing boy Lucas Hernandez arrested for child endangerment


Officials have arrested the stepmother of a 5-year-old boy who went missing in Kansas.

Officers and investigators have been working on this case nonstop since Saturday evening.

Police have been searching for Lucas Hernandez since he disappeared last Saturday. Asked if the case may now be considered a homicide, Seiler said "At this point in time we hope not".

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Seiler did not give details about the alleged child endangerment incidents but said it related to Lucas and a 1-year-old child. When officers arrived, Lucas' stepmother said he was last seen at about 3 p.m. Saturday in his bedroom before she showered and fell asleep. Lucas has brown hair and brown eyes, weighs 60 pounds and is four feet tall.

People attend a vigil for missing Kansas boy, Lucas Hernandez on February 19, 2018. But they did reveal that she is also suspected of abusing a one-year-old child.

Lucas' great-aunt Sally Rasmussen meanwhile has told ABC News that she reported possible child abuse to Kansas Child Protective Services in May after seeing a picture of Lucas which appeared to show marks on his arms and cheeks. Police have searched three parks based on tips that have been received. The Kansas Department for Children and Families, of which Child Protective Services is a part, said it couldn't share any information on its cases either but expressed worry for Lucas.

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She emphasized that she did not believe it was the father abusing his son but rather that the abuse was from Lucas' stepmother. "In the event the agency has information, we will share it with law enforcement, assisting them as requested".

Police search for Lucas Hernandez after he disappeared on February 17, 2018.

Authorities wouldn't confirm they received reports of abuse. "I think it's good to see people in this community treating Lucas like he's their child", Hernandez said.

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They said Hernandez's family is cooperating with the investigation.