By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Toddler's meth ingestion leads to charges

Matthew Ryan Walker, 28, was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on one count each of first-degree criminal mistreatment, second-degree child neglect, fourth-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and recklessly endangering another person. Bail was set at $17,500.

The criminal mistreatment charge is a Class C felony. The other offenses are Class A misdemeanors.

Walker’s alleged victim was identified as the 2-year-old daughter of Walker’s girlfriend, Kiven Schoenherr. The toddler was transported to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland for treatment. 

Detective Hugo Cerda of the McMinnville police described the incident in a probable cause affidavit:

Officers responded Tuesday, Sept. 29 to Willamette Valley Medical Center on a report of a 2-year-old girl who was brought in by her mother, because she was not acting in a “normal” manner.

The girl underwent testing and a urine screen, all of which were positive for meth.

Officer Matt Peters and state Department of Human Services caseworker Rebecca Lovelady spoke with the mother and her boyfriend, who claimed they had no idea how the child would have come in contact with the drug.

Walker told Peters he last used meth about 11 days before the child was taken to the hospital, and that Schoenherr had previously disposed of paraphernalia left at their Northwest McMinnville apartment. Schoenherr told Peters she has been clean for more than two years.

At the hospital, Schoenherr told Detective Sam Elliott that she had no knowledge of any drug paraphernalia in the apartment. She said she had disposed of some items, including a meth pipe, after Walker was taken into custody Sept. 16 on a probation violation, for which he received a 16-day sentence.

Walker denied during questioning by Cerda that he had used any illegal drugs since Sept. 16. He said a friend was at the apartment the previous night - Sept. 28 - for about 20 minutes but was asked to leave and take all his possessions with him.

After waking up the following morning, Walker said he went to a store, and upon returning, noticed the child was acting “hyper” and seemed “wound up.” Schoenherr described the child as acting like a “tweaker.”

Walker said he believed the friend who had stayed at the apartment got high and it was possible he was using illegal drugs. Walker said he’s never brought drugs into the apartment.

Schoenherr’s sister said she sent Walker’s friend a text message accusing him of leaving drugs in the apartment, and he replied by saying Walker needed to “fess up.”

After Walker was taken into custody on the probation violation, Cerda began monitoring his jail calls.

Walker called his mother on Sept. 30, saying he was thinking of being honest about everything. He also told Schoenherr he got high Sept. 28. She told him she knew that to be the case.

The same day, Walker called Schoenherr, and told her he knows the child had found and gotten into some drugs in the apartment. He told her someone has to “take the heat” for what happened. When he called her again, he apologized, and admitted what happened was his fault.

Walker’s next court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, for possible arraignment on a grand jury indictment. McMinnville attorney Racheal Bridges was appointed by the court to represent him.



Meth... destroying lives one person at a time.

The men of our nation need to stand up and quit being boys.


I feel so sorry for this little girl and the life she was born into. I hope things change for her and her future.

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