ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg woman accused of leaving her daughter in a hot car while at work on Thursday is out on bail and in the care of her employer, Evergreen Family Medicine.
Nicole Engler was arrested Thursday evening on charges of manslaughter in the second degree after allegedly leaving her daughter in a hot car all day while she was at work.
During Engler’s arraignment, her family and friends were in tears and her husband was constantly mouthing the words “I love you” and “don’t cry” to her.
Evergreen Family Medicine has taken her into their care, putting her on suicide watch.
“The immediate plan is to keep her safe, because she doesn’t want to live," said David Terry, Engler's attorney. "She has nothing to live for. And to say that she is beyond devastation is literally, literally an understatement.”
Terry said Engler’s husband usually takes their daughter to daycare, but she decided to help him out on Thursday after he worked a long graveyard shift. Terry said she got lost in her thoughts about her work day and other things she had to do, and simply forgot to drop her daughter off at daycare.
Dr. Timothy Powell, president of Evergreen Family Medicine, said they’re focused on supporting her and each other right now.
“We believe in Nicole," Powell said. "We’re going to support her, and we’re going to hold together as a family.”
In the hours since the discovery of Engler’s 21-month-old daughter in her car, he said he and his staff at Evergreen have been working to get a plan together.
They want to help her get the care and support she needs to get through what Powell is calling a terrible accident.
“Nicole was a wonderful mother, and that needs to be said,” Powell said. “A horrible thing happened, and we’re all just hurting a lot, trying to help each other through it.”
At her arraignment, Powell laid out that plan to help Engler, saying will have staff around her around the clock, getting her to doctor’s appointments and to psychiatric visits.
Her family has posted her $50,000 bail.
Engler’s next court date is scheduled for August 27.
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