By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
The Liberal Police Department continue to wait for the release of a Liberal man from a Wichita hospital in order to officially arrest him on suspicion of attempted murder.
In a release from Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg on Tuesday morning, the 30-year-old man allegedly injured himself and his three children.
“On Oct. 18, 2010, at about 6 p.m., officers of the Liberal Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of McCray Boulevard regarding a report of children being seriously injured,” the release noted. “Responding officers were confronted in the front yard by a 30-year-old man. The man had apparent self-inflicted, life-threatening wounds. He was subdued by the officers and was taken to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County Emergency Medical Services. He was later flown to Wichita for further medical care.
“Three children, ages 5, 6 and 7, were located in the residence,” McClurg added in the release. “Each of the children had apparent injuries. They were transported to Southwest Medical Center in serious condition. They were later upgraded to stable condition.”
The children, McClurg said this morning, were still listed in stable condition. Liberal Police Chief Al Sill said he has heard their condition continues to improve as well, however, he is still unsure as to whether or not any or all of the children have yet to be released from the hospital.
“Last that I heard, they were fine,” Sill said. “I haven’t heard as of Tuesday afternoon if they were released from the hospital.”
The Tuesday morning press release added the man subdued by the officers is suspected of causing the injuries to the children. Sill said the man will be arrested upon his release from a Wichita hospital.
“We have sought an arrest warrant and we keep getting different reports as to when he is going to be released,” Sill said. “So, when he is released, we will execute the arrest warrant. I think (his condition) is fine, because I keep getting reports that he is going to be released in a day. But, that has been prolonged now. Initially, it was going to be Tuesday. I didn’t think that was going to happen because it was pretty early. Last I heard, he was going to be released Thursday or Friday.”
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Liberal Police Department with the investigation.