Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies found a malnourished 6-year-old boy in an attic Tuesday night, hours after his 26-year-old mother, Rachel L. Perez, was arrested.
A relative was worried about the boy, so deputies did a welfare check at a De Soto home in the 8200 block of Center Drive Tuesday evening around 5. The boy’s mother claimed he wasn’t home, and deputies arrested her on an outstanding warrant.
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