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Father of boy who drowned in S. Wichita pool charged with murder, child endangerment

Crews respond to near-drowning in southeast Wichita
Crews respond to near-drowning in southeast Wichita(kwch)
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 10:23 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 4:12 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - (Update: Monday - 4 p.m.) The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office charged the father of a 2-year-old boy who drowned in a south Wichita pool last week with murder and two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child Monday.

William Kabutu was charged with both first and second-degree murder.

Kabutu is being held on a $150,000 bond and will make a second court appearance on July 23.

(Update: July 13, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.) The Wichita Police Department arrested the father of a 2-year-old boy who drowned Tuesday night in a pool in a south Wichita neighborhood. William Kabutu, 44, of Wichita, was arrested on a charge of felony murder and two counts of aggravated child endangerment, stemming from his son’s death, Wichita police said.

At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a drowning call at a neighborhood pool in the 1900 block of East 54th Street South.

“Upon arrival, officers contacted the calling-party, who reported observing the boy floating in the neighborhood pool and calling 911. Wichita Fire Department (WFD) personnel pulled the boy from the pool and attempted life-saving measures. However, he succumbed to his injuries,” police said.

The investigation revealed Kabutu was intoxicated when he took the 2-year-old boy and the boy’s 4-year-old brother to the pool

“At the pool, Kabutu allowed the kids to by-pass the pool fence. The 2-year-old entered the pool, was not able to stay above the water, and drowned,” police said. “Kabutu was not able to access the pool due to a fence and locked gate. Emergency personnel were called after a passerby arrived and called 911.”

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(Update: Wednesday - 4 p.m.) The Wichita Police Department is investigating the drowning of a 2-year-old boy in south Wichita.

At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 7), officers responded to a home in the 1900 block of East 54th Street South for a drowning call. When officers arrived, they contacted the person who made the emergency call. That person reported observing the boy floating in the neighborhood pool and calling 911, police said.

Sedgwick County EMS and the Wichita Fire Department pulled the boy from the pull and attempted life-saving measures.

“However, he succumbed to his injuries,” police said.

The initial investigation revealed the boy was in the neighborhood with his 44-year-old father and 4-year-old brother when he managed to bypass the fence surrounding the pool and fell into the water, police said.

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(Update: Wednesday - 3:30 a.m.) A young boy has drowned in a pool at a mobile home park in S. Wichita.

Emergency crews were called to the home near 55th South and Hydraulic, late Tuesday.

A resident noticed the person in the pool while going to check the mail at the community mailbox.

EMS crews arrived and started performing CPR. Police tell us they worked on the boy for about an hour before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not release the age of the boy, but say he was with his father and another child when he took off without the father knowing.

The pool was closed and the gate was locked, but police say the child was small enough to fit squeeze through a gap in the gate and got into the pool.

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Update: A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor confirms a drowning death at a home in south Wichita.

Emergency crews arrived Tuesday night in response to a possible drowning. The person reported unresponsive at the scene near the 1700 block of East Lockwood has died, Sedgwick County dispatch confirms.

Eyewitness News’ crew remains near the scene to gather further information once more details are made available.

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One person is critically injured following a report of a near-drowning in south Wichita.

A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor confirms one person was unresponsive at the scene in the 1700 block of East Lockwood, near 53rd Street South and South Hydraulic.

Eyewitness News sent a crew to the scene to gather further information about what happened.

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