Roseburg mother charged with manslaughter in child's death

Police say the child was left alone in a vehicle for several hours Thursday afternoon.

Posted: Jun. 22, 2018 7:43 AM
Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 12:01 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A woman was jailed for manslaughter Thursday after leaving her 21-month-old daughter alone in a vehicle for hours, police said. The child was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.

Nicole Engler, 38, of Roseburg, was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Engler told police that she drove to work at Evergreen Family Medicine and left her daughter, Remington Engler, in her car seat. Engler believed she had dropped her daughter off at Cobb Street School day care, court documents said.

When Engler returned to her vehicle after 4 p.m., she discovered her daughter in the backseat unconscious and blue. Engler rushed her daughter into the medical facility, where staff members tried to revive her, but were unsuccessful.

The child was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Roseburg police were sent to Evergreen Urgent Care Thursday at 4:12 p.m. to investigate the death. They found that the child had been left unattended in a vehicle for several hours. The vehicle was in a parking lot adjacent to Evergreen Urgent Care at 2570 NW Edenbower Blvd.

Court documents say Engler is charged with second-degree manslaughter because, with criminal negligence, she caused the death of her daughter by neglect.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was called to investigate and its investigation is ongoing.

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