WICHITA, Kan - The father of a Wichita boy who was missing for three months before being found dead has pleaded guilty in a misdemeanor case involving another child.
34-year-old Jonathan Hernandez pleaded guilty to a class B misdemeanor charge of battery, and he was sentenced to one year of probation. He would have to serve six months in jail if he violates the terms of the probation. Standard conditions of probation were imposed, and Hernandez was ordered to successfully complete a court-approved parenting class.
Hernandez admitted striking his girlfriend's six-year-old son in a domestic incident last February. Prosecutors said the injury caused redness and swelling on the boy's chest. Hernandez had been scheduled for a jury trial on July 16th.
Hernandez is the father of five-year-old Lucas Hernandez, who was reported missing in February. After a number of searches in the Wichita area, Lucas' body was found in May under a bridge in a rural area of Harvey County. Lucas' stepmother, Emily Glass, was arrested and later released without official charges as the investigation continued, and Glass committed suicide shortly after her release from jail.
An autopsy failed to find the cause of death for Lucas.