Emily Glass released from jail following 'not guilty' verdict

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wednesday, May 16 - 2:37 p.m.

Emily Glass has been released from the Sedgwick County jail.

A jury found her not guilty of child endangerment Wednesday morning.

When asked about this morning's acquittal. She did not give a response.


Wednesday, May 16 - 12:41 p.m.

It took a jury less than an hour to find Emily Glass not guilty on a single charge of child endangerment.

Glass was accused of smoking marijuana while caring for her one-year-old daughter.

During the closing arguments, prosecutors said Glass knowingly placed the girl in a situation where her life, body or health were endangered by smoking marijuana at home and driving to Olive Garden.

The defense argued that Glass was not being charged with possession of marijuana or driving under the influence of marijuana. Her attorney added that there was never any marijuana found by police at Glass' home and no test was done to look for it in her system.

Glass' attorney said police failed to do their job to collect the evidence necessary to prove she had used marijuana beyond a reasonable doubt, and she said they could have gone back to do so.

"Where is the harm?" Asked Glass' attorney. "Where is the endangerment in the case?"

The defense attorney said there was no proof that Glass was ever high or that she would have still been high while choosing to take her daughter out to Olive Garden.

Prosecutors came back and said Glass had a whole day to clean and get rid of any paraphernalia or remaining marijuana since police weren't called to the home until the following day - Feb. 17.

That was the day Glass called the police to report her boyfriend's son, five-year-old Lucas Hernandez missing. Despite numerous searches of Wichita parks by several different agencies, no one has seen or heard from Lucas since then.

Anyone who thinks they may know where the boy may be is asked to 911, the Wichita Police Department's Investigation Division at 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.


Tuesday, May 15

A motion to acquit Emily Glass during her trial is denied by a Sedgwick County judge.

Glass is charged with one count of child endangerment. She is accused of smoking marijuana while caring for her one-year-old daughter. The following day, she reported five-year-old Lucas Hernandez missing.

Tuesday afternoon, Glass' attorney argued that evidence presented in her trial was insufficient to prove she put her daughter in danger.

A Wichita police detective testified about interviewing Glass four separate times in the days after she reported Lucas missing.

The jury was also shown a seven-minute video and read a four-page report. In both, Glass admitted to police that she smoked a bowl of marijuana at her home while caring for her daughter then drove to Olive Garden.

The defense argued the statements were not enough to prove Glass had endangered her child. They said there was never any evidence in the home showing marijuana was present. They also said there were never urine or blood tests done to prove whether Glass was telling the truth about smoking marijuana.

Again, a judge denied Glass' attorney's motion to acquit.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning with closing arguments.