Mother allegedly leaves her 2-year-old son unattended; she's arrested on drug charges
A McMinnville woman, whose 2-year-old son was found unattended and outside the residence where she was living, was arrested Monday afternoon by McMinnville police.
Sgt. Tim Symons identified her as Hope Ashley Clark, 25, of 201 S.W. Agee St., No. 14. She was charged with one count each of second-degree child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and frequenting a place where a controlled substance is used, in addition to two counts of possession of a controlled substance/heroin and methamphetamine. Additional charges are pending.
Clark was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on $22,500 bail pending her arraignment at 1:20 p.m. today in circuit court.
Symons gave this account:
Officers responded about 1 p.m. to the residence and learned the toddler had been outside and unattended for about one hour. They reported that Clark was located sleeping in her apartment, and did not know where her son was.
Several tenants told police that this was not an isolated incident. They reported the child had been left outside and unattended several times during the past few months.
A search of the apartment turned up marijuana, meth, suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia. The drugs were within easy reach of the toddler who was placed in the custody of a relative by the state Department of Human Services.
Anyone with information about Clark's recent activity as it's related to this case is asked to call officer Jared Wiebold at 503-434-7307. He can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.