AUBURN, Wash. – Auburn police responded to reports of a homeless camp in the south side of the city and found a young girl living in an unsafe environment.
The officers discovered the 1 ½-year-old had been living in the transient shelter with her parents for about a month. In a Facebook post, Auburn police wrote that the camp’s conditions were “not safe of a child of that age.”
The girl was taken into custody and examined at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, where she was found to be healthy. Child Protective Services has a history with the family, according to police, and CPS has placed her with a temporary foster family. They will provide additional resources for the parents.
Auburn Police wrote that they didn’t want to cast blame on the situation, but instead highlight how many Auburn agencies are working together to keep the community safe.
“No one fights alone, we’re all in this together,” the post read. “No matter what your situation there are people and resources out there to help you, just reach out. We’ll be here.”
This is the second time in one month that Auburn police have removed a young child living in a homeless camp. In October, officers responded to a young girl who was living in a camp filled with drug paraphernalia.