Jonathan Hernandez pleads guilty in battery case

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Jonathan Hernandez, the father of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez whose body was found last month in rural south Harvey County, pleaded guilty to a battery charge in connection with a domestic violence call in February. That call is not related to Lucas' disappearance.

The district attorney's office says Park City police responded to the February call reporting that Hernandez struck his girlfriend's six-year-old son. The contact caused redness and swelling of the boy's chest, the district attorney's office says.

For the misdemeanor battery charge, the district attorney's office says Hernandez is sentenced to one year of probation and is ordered to complete a court-approved parenting class.

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May 24, 2018

Court documents show new details in the case against Jonathan Hernandez, the father of missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

Hernandez is charged with battery.

A probable cause affidavit released Wednesday says in the weeks leading up to Lucas' disappearance, Park City police say they were called to a home for a report of domestic violence - not involving Lucas.

Officers say a man reported Hernandez hit his 6-year-old son because he was was spraying a febreeze bottle.

According to the affidavit, Hernandez told investigators he was trying to take the bottle away but then hit the boy by accident.

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The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office confirms Jonathan Hernandez made a first appearance in court Wednesday morning.

He was charged with battery, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled for a bench trial on May 23.

District Attorney Marc Bennett adds the misdemeanor battery case is not related to the disappearance of Lucas Hernandez.

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Eyewitness News has learned the father of Lucas Hernandez has been arrested for battery.

According to the online jail log, Jonathan Hernandez was booked into the Sedgwick County jail for a single count of battery at 11:43 a.m.

Jamie Taylor-Orr, Lucas' mother, tells Eyewitness News reporter Brenda Carrasco the case is not connected to the disappearance of her 5-year-son. She says it involves accusations made by the father of Emily Glass' two biological children. Glass is Hernandez' wife and Lucas' stepmother.

Factfinder12 obtained documents in March that stated the children's father claimed Jonathan Hernandez got physical with his son and left a mark on the boy's chest during a visit with Glass.

The children's father also requested all visitation between Glass and the children be stopped after Lucas disappeared.

Glass was arrested shortly after she reported Lucas missing on Feb. 17. She remains in jail on a child endangerment charge involving her one-year-old daughter. She lost custody of the girl at the end of April.