GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A 27-year-old mother is accused of child neglect after cops say they found her three kids – all under the age of five – wandering outside an apartment complex on July 4.
Marie Lavallee is going to be arraigned Monday afternoon. Right now she is charged with three counts of second-degree child neglect.
Gresham Police spokesperson Lt. Claudio Grandjean says officers responded to the 2800 block of Southeast Palmquist Road on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. after the three kids were found walking outside. Officers arrived and figured out which apartment unit the kids came from.
Lavallee had fallen asleep and was drunk, according to police. The kids managed to walk out of the apartment unit without any supervision, officers say.
Lavallee is out of jail, pending her arraignment.