WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating after the body of a small child was discovered encased in concrete inside a rental home in Wichita, Kansas.
The landlord was cleaning the house Saturday when he found a concrete structure and noticed an odor coming from it, the Wichita Eagle reported. Police removed the structure and discovered the remains of a 3-year-old boy inside.
Police have not named the child.
“We have a tentative identification on the child, but confirmation of the child’s identity is being coordinated through the Sedgwick County Medical Examiner,” officer Charley Davidson wrote in a news release on Sunday.
Neighbor Toni Freund told the Eagle that she saw police pull something concrete from the home. She and other neighbors said they had never seen a young child at the home.
“It’s definitely a tragedy,” she said.
An Associated Press reporter on Monday left phone and email messages with Wichita police for information about the structure.
Police say a 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman who lived at the home were arrested last week on separate charges associated with a child custody case. Both are being held in the Sedgwick County Jail. Police have not said if that man and woman are suspected in the death of the child.
A flyer recently passed out in the area around the home identifies a missing 3-year-old child. The flyers were shared on social media with people pleading for the child’s safe return.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The disturbing discovery of a child’s remains, over the weekend was especially disturbing to those who live in that south Wichita neighborhood. Police have not yet released the identification of the child found inside but will most likely confirm it is the body of a 3-year-od boy. An odor caught the attention for a landlord when he arrived to the home on South Vine street, that’s what prompted him to call the police.
KSN was there that day, but police would only tell us that officers were on the scene conducting a search warrant in reference to a child custody case. It was not until Sunday evening that police told us a child’s body had been found and that they were investigating it as suspicious. Neighbors describe a very active police investigation over the last few days.
“I just think its kind of crazy,” said Hannah Hathaway, neighbor. “They had this street blocked off a couple of times it’s like 10 or so police every once in a while.”
Neighbors say this was not the first time they saw police on the property, but this time, they saw police lift a large concrete structure from the home and place it on the tow truck.
“It was pretty big,” said Timothy Pope, neighbor. “It was maybe half the size of your vehicle here and stood up half as tall. It was covered up with a big blanket so you couldn’t really tell what it was.”
Later police confirmed that the body of a 3-year-old boy was found inside of that concrete structure. Police tells us that the two people in question had been arrested on what police say was “Different charges associated with a child custody case.”
KSN did some digging and found that they were arrested on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody.
Neither residents have been officially charged. Due to the holiday weekend, Tuesday will most likely be the first chance to learn of any new charges charged. As we continue to check with authorities, we will continue to bring you updates.