Mental Hold Placed on Stranger who Hugs Three-Year-Old Girl in the Woodstock Neighborhood

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August 03, 2012 07:25

  

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On Thursday August 2, 2012, at 3:33 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a residence in the 6000 block of Southeast 51st Avenue on a report of a female stranger that had just grabbed onto the callers child. As officers were enroute, they learned from the caller that the suspect left the area in an older white station wagon and that the child was unharmed at the residence.

Officers arrived at the residence and spoke to the caller who told police that her 3-year-old daughter was walking into her yard after walking from her grandmother's house next door. The mother told officers that she heard her daughter scream two or three times, "Mommy! Stranger!" The mother told officers that she went outside and saw a woman had put her arms around her daughter so the mother screamed at her and the woman walked away, got into the car and was driven away by an unknown male.

The mother was able to provide a license plate of the vehicle to police and officers canvassing the area located the suspect vehicle at Southeast 19th Avenue and Woodward, where they took 33-year-old Faith Cook into custody and transported her to the Detective Division.

Based on the investigation at this time, detectives do not believe that Cook was intending to harm or abduct the child. Additionally, after officers and detectives spoke to Cook she was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Detectives and members of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will discuss the case further on Friday.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger" to keep them safe. Some excellent tips by Dr. Robin F. Goodman about "stranger danger" are available by clicking http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Stranger_Danger/.

Additionally, parents of girls 10-14 years of age can learn some important safety tips by visiting http://www.portlandonline.com/police/girlstrength.

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