AUBURN – When Auburn police arrived at a domestic violence call at a homeless encampment Wednesday they came upon a small child who was living in the camp with its mother.
A post on the Auburn Police Department’s Facebook page described the little girl as being “surrounded in filth and drug paraphernalia” in the camp.
“The 14-month-old, you're right in that crawling stage. If the baby is crawling and happened to get into the drug paraphernalia, they can seriously injure themselves," said Auburn Police Commander Mark Caillier.
Police said the child's mother and man had gotten into a domestic dispute before they arrived. The man was arrested by officers.
According to the post, Officer Lindgren brought the 14-month-old to an area hospital for a checkup before Child Protective Services took her into custody.
“Our men and women may act tough but deep down, not only are they peacekeepers but they too are moms/dads/sisters/brothers/sons/daughters at the end of the day,” said the post.
There are more than 35,000 documented homeless youth in Washington state, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.