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KS LUCAS HERNANDEZ: Missing from Wichita, KS - 17 Feb 2018 - Age 5 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Joseph Hernandez? Bad reporting or a new player? So much for fact checking before publication.
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  2. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Quoting myself, however, after a friendly email with the author he kindly made a revision. :)
  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  4. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Experts weigh in on Lucas Hernandez toxicology results: Drugs, possible ‘bath salts’ in little boy’s system
    by Leigh Egan
    June 29, 2018

    Official released the autopsy and toxicology results on Tuesday of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez to the Sedgwick County District Court, and although a Kansas Medical Examiner indicated the cause of death is undetermined, medical experts who joined Nancy Grace on “Crime Stories” feel that drugs could be a possible reason that led to his demise.

    Board Certified physician, toxicologist, and Medical Examiner Dr. William Morrone, told Nancy Grace that the autopsy results indicated a chemical stimulant, beta-phenethylamine, was found little Lucas’ liver.

    “The official manner of death is listed as undetermined. But when you go to the evidence, the liver and the kidney, there is positive drug result for something called beta-phenethylamine, and phenethylamine is a stimulant. So we do know there’s a stimulant, a central nervous system’s in the remains of this 5-year-old child.”

    Dr. Morrone also said that had the drug been methamphetamine, it would have come back from the toxicology lab stating as such. However, phenethylamine, Morrone explained, is in the same “family” as methamphetamines and sold in products called “bath salts,” an unregulated stimulant that can cause seizures and heart attacks.

    “These phenethylamines are just as bad as methamphetamines and they are sold in rural areas, oftentimes competing with methamphetamine, just like cocaine would be used in an urban center. So think of it as a level of stimulant that you would find buying meth from a drug dealer or buying cocaine from a drug dealer and forget the idea that they call it bath salts! It’s a terribly unregulated stimulant.”

    Forensics expert and death investigator, Joseph Scott Morgan, wasn’t quite sure if bath salts were the answer. He stated Lucas would have had to been exposed to an ample amount of the stimulant on an ongoing, prolonged basis for it to stay in his system. Morgan also mentioned that beta-phenethylamine can also be a natural chemical produced during human decomposition or can be absorbed through decaying plant life.

    “It should considered that although phenethylamine is associated chemically with stimulants, the absence of other associated agents such as amphetamines leaves many questions. What the public needs to understand is that phenethylamine can be found close in nature and closely connected to algae and fungi. Given this child’s close proximity to decaying plant life, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that phenethylamine may have been found in his body.”

    Lucas Hernandez Autopsy Results by Leigh Egan on Scribd

    “Had someone exposed him passively to this drug? The problem with that is that in order to have been passively exposed, and what I mean by that is that if she’s [Emily Glass] using some kind of synthetic marijuana, it would have to be in tremendous concentration where he would constantly be exposed to it, where it’s building up in his liver and holding on,” Morgan continued. “Remember, the soft tissue is completely gone….I don’t know what else this kid had on board, but as Dr. Morrone so put, the absence of methamphetamine…I’m at a loss at this point in time.”

    Does this mean the public will never know what happened to Lucas? Not necessarily. According to Atlanta Juvenile Judge and child welfare advocate, Ashley Willcott, someone else may know what happened to the little boy, especially if he was around an adult who used bath salts.

    “Somebody knows what happens to this child,” Willcott said. “There may have been someone else present. In court, I do not see individuals come in that have done bath salts by themselves with nobody else there. I believe someone else does know what happened and they need to come forward.”

    Meanwhile, the autopsy results for Emily Glass, the prime suspect in Lucas’ death and the last person to see the child alive, confirmed she shot herself in the forehead with an AR-15 assault rifle. Suicide notes left at the scene and the gun’s location after death were both indications that Glass took her own life.

    Further, the “tremendous amount of trauma” to her head and damage to the skull, according to Dr. Morrone, is consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Glass, the live-in girlfriend of Lucas’ father, led a private investigator to the little boy’s remains on May 24, a little over three months after she reported him missing. She initially claimed she woke up from a nap to find Lucas gone, but later said that she woke up one morning and Lucas was deceased in his bed. She ended her life two weeks after she divulged where she reportedly hid Lucas’ remains.

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  5. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police reveal contents in Emily Glass' suicide notes

    The Wichita Police Department released documents related to the death of Emily Glass today.

    Three handwritten notes were found inside the house where Glass took her life in the early morning hours of June 8. It was in the same house where she had reported the disappearance of Lucas Hernandez on Feb. 17 and later led a private investigator to his body on May 24.

    "None of these notes mentioned or described what happened to Lucas. Information in those talked about property that Ms. Glass wanted her daughter to have and regret for not being a better mother and girlfriend. She also mentioned that she was sorry for failing 'our' family," said Capt. Brent Allred, Wichita Police, during a news conference last Friday.

    Police reports show that one note was found in the kitchen with a ring for a loved one. Two other notes were found in the bedroom and titled "Jonathan" and "Aunt."

    "Evidence shows Mr. Hernandez was not at the residence at the time Ms. Glass took her own life," said Allred.

    Allred further added, "At no time during this investigation was there any evidence that Mr. Hernandez had any knowledge or was in any way complicit in the death of Lucas... Phone records further support witness statements that Mr. Hernandez was in New Mexico at the time of the disappearance (of) his son, Lucas."

    While there are some unanswered questions about Lucas' death and disappearance, they are now buried with the only person that police believed was the suspect.

    "I believe Emily had something to do with it, whether it was accidental or intentional. That's one question we'll never know, that we all want to know. We believe there's only one person that has that information and she's no longer around," said Allred.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Good for them. :)

    Lucas Hernandez search group to launch Texas EquuSearch charter

    A group of volunteers who helped search for a 5-year-old Kansas boy who was later found dead plans to start a charter of a nationally known Texas-based search organization.

    Sheila Medlam and Julie La Force spent countless hours leading searches for Lucas Hernandez, who was missing more than three months before his body was found in May.

    The Texas EquuSearch group came to Wichita to help with the search. It is a mounted search and recovery team with more than 1,000 members available to search worldwide for missing persons.

    EquuSearch founder Tim Miller says he was impressed with the Kansas volunteers helping to search for Lucas.

    La Force, Medlam and others will go to Houston on October 13th to receive their EquuSearch training.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    School says it did what it should for Lucas Hernandez. Experts disagree

    For 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, school was supposed to be a safety net.

    Less than a month before his killing, Lucas showed up at Wichita’s Beech Elementary School with bruises across his face.

    The school apparently did not follow a state law designed to protect children from abuse, according to experts interviewed by The Eagle.

    With that omission, the school possibly missed the last chance to save Lucas’ life.

    The state’s mandatory reporting law requires school employees and health care workers to report when they suspect abuse so that the state or police can investigate.

    The Eagle asked experts to weigh in after the Wichita school district said Lucas’ school followed the law.

    The school did not report Lucas’ injuries to the state child protection agency or Wichita police, based on interviews and checks of state, county and police records.

    On Wednesday, school district spokeswoman Wendy Johnson said the injuries weren’t reported because school staff did not suspect child abuse. Under the law, suspicion triggers reporting.

    The school nurse counted the injuries — all nine of them, including six across his face, with swelling or dark bruising on both of his cheeks and around both eyes. A scrape on his nose was 3 inches long. That same day, four different people at the school discussed the injuries, Johnson said. “In this instance, the team did not suspect abuse.”

    Lucas and Emily Glass, his father’s girlfriend, said he fell off the monkey bars. But the school nurse later told an investigator that it looked like he had been in a fight, according to a court document. The school nurse doesn’t remember saying that, Johnson said.

    Experts told The Eagle that his injuries were too extensive to be from a fall.

    MORE: https://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article215464795.html
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  9. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Heartbreaking ^^^^^
  10. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Nine injuries and they didn’t suspect child abuse. SMDH
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    As a teacher... I can't even imagine not reporting that.
    It's not a teacher's job to determine if there is abuse. Or a nurses job. Or an administrators job.
    It is our job to see something like that, report it, and let the agency investigate. They cannot investigate if they never get a report. Do they always get it right? No. But they can't even try if there is no report.
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Very well stated.
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  13. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Discrepancy arises over how teacher handled abuse concerns about Lucas Hernandez | The Wichita Eagle

    By Tim Potter

    September 07, 2018 10:31 AM

    Updated September 07, 2018 02:19 PM

    The Wichita school district now says that Lucas Hernandez’s teacher twice reported to the state suspicion that he was being abused or neglected within a few months before he died.

    But the child protection agency says it never got any such reports — a discrepancy that raises the question of whether human or technical factors involved in making reports might have kept concerns from being communicated about the 5-year-old boy.

    The teacher says she made the reports on a computer at work and sent them anonymously online to the Department for Children and Families on Oct. 19 and Jan. 22, said school district spokeswoman Wendy Johnson.

    The state agency has repeatedly checked its records, DCF special counsel Brian Dempsey said. “If there was a report on Lucas, we’d have it.”

    Under state law, school staff are legally obligated to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the child protection agency’s reporting center.

    Reporting suspicion is important enough that state law makes it a misdemeanor if a teacher or other mandated reporters, including health care professionals, do not report suspicion of abuse.

    Every year, school staff receive reminders that there are no repercussions for reporting. The issue is timely now because students have recently returned to school after summer vacation. Teachers are seeing young children — and possible signs of abuse — for the first time in months. Because of that, abuse reports typically spike at the beginning of the school year.

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

    By Meta Viers/McClatchy
    How to report abuse

    If a mandated reporter successfully sends an online report to DCF, he or she gets a reply message with an “event number” showing that the report has been received by DCF. The verification message returns to the email address manually entered into the web report system.

    Whether Lucas’ prekindergarten teacher at Beech Elementary got such a message isn’t clear. The Eagle has asked the school district for any verification that the teacher filed reports but hasn’t received any. The district said it is relying on the teacher’s account of how she reported.

    What’s also not clear is how the teacher reported to DCF anonymously. There is no way to anonymously report online on the DCF web page, according to the agency. The DCF page directs mandatory reporters to a form designated for them, which requires the reporters to give their names.

    Someone can make an anonymous report by phone. But that would make it harder to obtain additional information, Dempsey said.

    Current and former school staff in the Wichita area told The Eagle that it would be unusual for a teacher to report anonymously because as a mandated reporter they shouldn’t fear repercussions for reporting.

    The tragedy involving Lucas has become “a good opportunity to educate everybody” about the need to report and the process for doing it, Dempsey said.

    Emily Glass, the girlfriend of Lucas’ father, reported him missing on Feb. 17, prompting a three-month search for the boy until Glass led a private investigator to Lucas’ body under a remote bridge in Harvey County. She killed herself two weeks later.

    Sedgwick County district attorney Marc Bennett said that Emily Glass was the only suspect in the death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez during a press conference at his office Friday.

    By Fernando Salazar | Fernando Salazar
    Teacher’s revelation

    In an Eagle article posted to Kansas.com on July 27, the school district spokeswoman said that people at the 5-year-old’s school had no suspicion that he was being abused despite the bruises across his face on Jan. 22 — a little less than a month before he disappeared. The school nurse measured and documented the nine bruises or scrapes, including six on his face. Child abuse experts told The Eagle that the injuries should have caused suspicion that must be reported under state law.

    In that article, Johnson said that instead of reporting the injuries to the DCF, the school referred them to a community medical clinic. Lucas, who lived with Glass, came back to school three days later with a note from the clinic nurse saying his injuries were consistent with a fall. Child abuse experts disagree with that assessment.

    After the Eagle article appeared, a person identifying herself as Melissa Allen posted this comment on a Facebook page belonging to Lucas’ grandmother: “I was his teacher we did our jobs and reported it. Do (SIC) talk about something you know nothing about!!!”

    Allen hasn’t responded to repeated phone calls asking her to explain what she reported and how she reported it.

    The teacher said she remembers the two dates she made the reports because school events that coincide with those dates, Johnson said in an email. Oct. 19 was the date of Lucas’ parent/teacher conference. Jan. 22 was when he came to school with the bruises and when the school nurse documented the injuries.

    Johnson said she spoke to the teacher, “and she indicated that she did submit reports to DCF — online — twice.”

    “Because staff are not required to filter their reports through supervisors or other district staff, we weren’t aware of her report until referenced in the Facebook message you asked about,” Johnson said in an email.

    “If we learn that there are breakdowns in process somewhere,” it will be addressed, she said.

    By Candi Bolden
    Anonymity problems

    To collect child abuse reports, the DCF directs mandatory reporters like school staff to its website, where they click on the form for mandatory reporters. Each reporter has to give his or her name before answering a series of questions designed to collect information so the DCF can accurately assess whether a child could be abused.

    Asked why Lucas’ teacher reported the way she says she did instead of using the designated mandatory reporter form, Johnson said, in an email: “I do not know. Anonymous reporting is an option provided to all mandatory reporters.” DCF, however, maintains that there is no online option for anonymously reporting.

    Dempsey, the DCF attorney, said one drawback for a mandated person reporting anonymously by phone is that it can leave them without documentation that they did report as required under the law.

    Another drawback, says Loren Pack, a former social work coordinator for the Wichita school district, is “you deny DCF the ability to follow up with more questions, to dig deeper.”

    As a mandatory reporter, Pack said, “you are a professional, and you’re obligated to report under the law. Reporting anonymously just doesn’t make sense in these situations.”

    “That’s just part of our obligation in society to try to take care of children,” said Pack, who now teaches social work students at Wichita State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “Sometimes, we just have to put ourselves out there and hope the system works in the best interest of the child.”

    Granted, he said, an anonymous report is better than none.

    The DCF page also gives people the option of calling a toll-free number to report a suspicion.

    But online reporting can be more time-saving and convenient for school staff than making a phone-in report, Pack said.

    As the district’s social work coordinator for 10 years, Pack helped refine the district’s policy on reporting suspected abuse and neglect. One of the most important rules, he said, is the one that says that “once the observation and information causes any employee to have suspicion of abuse and/or neglect, the obligation to report the suspicion becomes legally mandatory.”

    Based on the extent and location of Lucas’ bruises, Pack said, any school staff who dealt with his injuries should have suspected possible abuse.

    District policy also calls for notifying the school principal because “we want to understand and monitor what is going on with our students,” said Johnson, the district spokeswoman. “That allows us to serve and support them in the best possible way.”

    Johnson said her understanding is that Lucas’ teacher didn’t notify her principal after filing the reports.

    Johnson also wouldn’t answer why the teacher had suspicion and reported it but the school nurse and other staff who knew of Lucas’ injuries didn’t.

    “The teacher will not be sharing any information, as she indicated she did what she is obligated to do and reported to DCF through their online system,” Johnson said.

    The DCF continues to say it has no records of reports described by the teacher.

    What will never be known is how the DCF could have responded to new concerns about Lucas that surfaced at his school, according to the teacher, four months and less than one month before he died.

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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Community remembers Lucas Hernandez on his 6th birthday

    A little more than six months after a private investigator found his body in rural southeast Harvey County, a community remembers Lucas Hernandez on his sixth birthday Monday (Dec. 3).

    At a makeshift memorial for the boy in a remote area north of Wichita, supporters and family added decorations and toys to wish him a happy birthday. The memorial is smaller than it was in the days and weeks that followed Lucas' discovery, but it's a special spot for family of Lucas and members of the group that spent hours every day searching for him.

    More than six months later, similar emotions remain on Lucas' birthday. There's relief he's not forgotten nor unaccounted for, but grief remains for the young life taken so soon.

    On Lucas' sixth birthday, his family focuses on times enjoyed with the boy.Lucas' aunt, Bethany Jones spoke with Eyewitness News about the happiness shared last year when he turned five.

    "I remember how happy he was when we sang 'Happy Birthday' to him," Jones says. "...His mom and I spent his birthday with him and it was a really special day."

    While focused on the fond memories, Jones says it's a difficult time for the family on the first birthday without Lucas and approaching the first Christmas without the boy

    "Today is a very hard day and the closer we get to Christmas, it's kind of getting harder and harder, and we appreciate all the love and support everybody has given us, and we're very thankful for everyone," Jones says.


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  15. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    Happy Heavenly Birthday Sweet Boy.
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  16. Madison M.

    Madison M. Member

    I live in the same city as this boy. His story was all over the news for a majority of 2018. It's heartbreaking to see a victim of abuse. Young or old, no one deserves to be abused. Wichita has had many child abuse related deaths in the past two years. It's sad seeing innocent children having an undeserving short life. My heart has been going out to Lucas's family. His story is deeply saddening.
  17. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod


    It was heartbreaking to watch Lucas’ case unfold​
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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    All of us fell in love with him! Such a sad story that never needed to happen! Glad to have your kind spirit here!
  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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