Heartbreaking New Photos Show Signs That A Missing Kansas Boy Suffered Abuse Before He Disappeared

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Heartbreaking New Photos Show A Missing Kansas Boy Suffered Abuse Before He Disappeared
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His stepmom has been arrested.

Photos released by a missing 5-year-old boy’s great-aunt show he may have been abused before he disappeared.

The photos, taken in May of last year, show bruises on Lucas Hernandez’s face, arm, back and buttocks, according to local news station KAKE.

Sally Rasmussen, the child’s great aunt, included the pictures in a report she filed last year with the Kansas Department for Children and Families. DCF is unable to discuss the report publicly but authorities are looking into the child’s life at home.

Lucas’ biological mother, Jamie Orr, posted a video on Facebook of the boy on his birthday and possible bruises on his head are visible. She later apologized for the video and said she had nothing to do with the bruising.

“I apologize, after viewing the video that I just posted on this post, I instantly remembered that day that I did get Lucas (late) on his birthday,” she commented under the video. “Emily sent him to me In filthy clothes and...well you see the bruise on his four head. I do realize that may be too graphic for some people at this point. Therefore I apologize.”

Lucas’ stepmother, Emily Glass, kicked him and dragged him across the floor, according to the boy’s great-grandmother, Jeannie Houchin.

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Houchin said Lucas told her Glass is “mean to me.”

Glass, 26, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of child endangerment during the search for the missing boy. The stepmom was the last person to see Lucas before he went missing from his Wichita home Saturday.

"The charges are related to new information gathered during this investigation," Deputy Police Chief Gavin Seiler said Wednesday. "Officers and investigators have been working on this case non-stop."

The Wichita Eagle reported that police do not think Lucas was abducted.

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The police were called to Glass and Jonathan Hernandez’s home multiple times over the past few years and police reports show Lucas' stepmother and father have had physical disputes in the past, according to ABC News.

In 2016, police responded to three instances of heated, physical arguments between the pair; once Glass threatened Jonathan Hernandez with an ax. Another time Hernandez blew up and threatened to toss out Glass’ belongings. Police were called the third time when Glass hit Hernandez in the face.

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Hernandez wants police to focus on finding his son and believes police should not be investigating the stepmom and photos of the bruised boy until he is found.

"I'm sorry that they did and that really pisses me off. Only because it seems like it's about something else and it's not happening now," Hernandez said. "Now, if you want to bring that up later that's fine. That's a whole separate issue. I think it's taking away from what's happening and I don't appreciate it. Not from my family, not from strangers."

Hernandez believes Lucas is still alive and wants authorities to put all of their efforts into finding him before addressing any other issues.

"Lucas is the sweetest, softest-hearted, kindest little kid I ever met," the boy’s father, Johnathan Hernandez, told KAKE. "I'm so proud to be able to be his father. I miss him very much. I love him very much and I just want him to come home."

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