OLATHE, Kansas - A De Soto, Kansas mother accused of leaving her 6-year-old son
in an attic was charged with second-degree attempted murder
Rachel Perez was also charged with child abuse and endangering a
Perez was arrested after her son,
Giovanni, was found alone, hungry, and filthy in an
Giovanni’s grandparents had asked Johnson County
Sheriff’s deputies to visit the family home.
When they arrived Perez told them Giovanni was not there.
At this time Perez was arrested on an outstanding traffic
When deputies went back to the house later that night, they
found the boy in the attic.
The property owner told NBC Action News Giovanni weighed 20
Family members say Giovanni has Down syndrome.
Perez is pregnant and has two other children who are in state
custody along with Giovanni.