Police investigate mother for neglect, drug abuse

Gresham police are investigating the near death of a newborn baby whose mother did not immediately seek medical attention for the infant.

Paramedics responded at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, to a 9-1-1 call from a friend of the mother, said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean. Firefighters arrived at the mother's apartment in the 1200 block of Northeast Linden Avenue to discover a baby boy on the bed where the mother had given birth, reportedly seven hours earlier.

The infant was blue and unresponsive, but medics revived him and rushed him to Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital.

His mother is developmentally delayed, a heroin user and the baby is her 10th child. State child welfare workers previously removed the other nine children from her custody.

It's unclear if the infant's medical condition is the result of delayed medical attention following his birth, or if it's the result of his mother's drug use, Grandjean said.

'We're investigating to see if there is some kind of criminal culpability,' he said. 'We don't know yet.'

As for the baby, he is 'surviving on life support and is critically ill,' Grandjean said.

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