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Kansas woman’s 2003 death reclassified as homicide

January 18, 2012

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— A suspect is in custody in the 2003 death of a Kansas woman whose case was originally considered an accident.

Police believed 26-year-old Patricia Hughes accidentally drowned in June 2003 while trying to rescue her 2-year-old daughter from a residential pool.

Sedgwick County sheriff's captain Greg Pollock said new information was uncovered last year, and Hughes' death was reclassified as a homicide last September. He said he could not divulge more information in the case.

The Wichita Eagle reports that an arrest warrant has been issued for a 52-year-old man, who is charged with first-degree, premeditated murder and sexual exploitation of a child. The suspect is in federal custody in another state awaiting extradition to Kansas.

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