November 24, 2015 - Press Release (PDF version)
The father to the child found earlier today arrived at the Ontario Police Department this
morning at about 9:30am to report his two year-old daughter missing from home.
Follow-up into this matter led Ontario Police to the home of the victim, which is within
the apartment complex of 986 NW 4th Avenue in Ontario. This complex also borders the 900 block of Fortner Street.
The mother to the child, 26 year-old Maria Perez, was located within the home and was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor theft warrant issued out of Malheur County Circuit Court. Mrs. Perez has been lodged in the Malheur County Jail.
A one year-old female sibling to the victim was also taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services. Court hearings are pending for extended protective custody.
Our investigation into the matter continues and will ultimately be turned over to the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office for review of any potential criminal offenses. Names of the two children and father will not be released at this time due to the pending investigation.
It is not uncommon for children to be found wandering for various reasons, but this event is uncommon and very concerning due to the time of night, the cold temperatures outside and the extended length of time it took to discover the child missing.
Parents are reminded to inspect doors for security measures to assure young children cannot leave their homes undetected and unattended. Any type of locking device out of reach can be sufficient.
Chief Mark AlexanderMark Alexander
September 28, 2015 - Press Release (PDF version)