When 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez went missing in Wichita on Saturday, authorities responded as they always do in cases like this.
Using dogs and drones, the FBI and the local police started combing the area on foot and on horseback. Fliers about the missing boy were distributed and posted throughout the area. The media joined in the full court press as did the community.
“The boy’s 26-year-old stepmother told police she last saw him in his bedroom at about 3 p.m. Saturday before she took a shower and fell asleep,” authorities told People magazine. “It makes me so proud to say I’m his father and that we love him very much,” said his father, Jonathan Hernandez.
As happens much too often today, the story of the missing child started unraveling. It turns out that the boy’s stepmother, Emily Glass, is not exactly his stepmother, not formally anyhow. When police were called to a disturbance at the boy’s school in December Glass referred to Hernandez as her “live-in boyfriend.”
Glass and Hernandez had apparently fallen asleep when they were supposed to be picking up Lucas at school. When they got there, Lucas’s “biological mother” was already there and angry. She allegedly punched Glass in the encounter. Glass was surprised to see her because Jonathan had full custody of the child, which fact does not speak well of the biological mother.
In April 2016, police were called to a disturbance at the couple’s apartment and arrested them both, and Glass was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Later that year, police were called to their apartment again after a fight. And now Glass has been arrested “on suspicion of endangering 5-year-old Lucas and another child.”
The Wichita Eagle reports, “Police said they now consider the investigation of the boy’s disappearance to be a criminal investigation, that they hope to find him alive and well and that more charges are possible.” This pattern has become all too predictable.
For a generation now, magazines like People as well as most of the mainstream media have been reassuring America that families come in all shapes and sizes. The educational establishment insists that teachers “celebrate family diversity.” And the government continues to incentivize single parenthood. Nowhere in mainstream culture is there any sense of alarm that some family structures are significantly more dangerous for children than are others.