Child Abuse Case Turns to Murder Investigation
Joe Denoyer - November 8, 2018 8:30 am
On Sunday, October 28th, 2018 officers responded to Southwest Medical Center to a reported child abuse. A three year old child had been brought to the emergency room by family members. Her condition deteriorated while at the hospital and life saving measures were conducted. She was later air lifted to a Wichita hospital.
The injuries sustained appeared to be of an intentional nature. Other possible signs of abuse were also discovered.
As a result of the investigation, the child’s mother, a 20 year old female was arrested for child abuse and attempted first degree murder. An affidavit was forwarded to the Seward County Attorney’s Office for the determination of formal charges. The investigation is ongoing.
In the evening of Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 the three year old victim, Maria M. Cheley-Hernandez died from her injuries. She had remained hospitalized in Wichita since the October 29th. An amended affidavit has been forwarded to the Seward County Attorney’s Office seeking charges of First Degree Murder and Child Abuse. Her mother, Soila Cheley-Hernandez has been in custody since the date of the incident.