Toddler hospitalized after octopus found lodged in throat

WICHITA, KS (KSNW) – Wichita police say a 2-year-old boy is now in good condition after an octopus was found lodged in his throat.

Matthew Gallagher (Courtesy: Sedgwick Co. Jail)
Matthew Gallagher (Courtesy: Sedgwick Co. Jail)

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 4900 block of East Waterman.

Police say a 21-year-old mother returned home from work and found her 36-year-old boyfriend trying to do CPR on the 2-year-old boy. The boy wasn’t breathing.

EMS responded and transferred the boy in critical condition.

At the hospital, doctors found a small octopus has been lodged in the boy’s throat. The octopus appeared to be for sushi, according to police. The boy also had facial injuries.

The Wichita Police Department’s Exploited and Missing Child Unit interviewed the mother’s boyfriend. He was identified by police arrest records as Matthew Gallagher.

Police say he was not able to explain why the boy had ended up that way.  He is facing child abuse charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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