Child found wandering with stranger returned to his parents
- Portland Tribune - News
A 30-year-old woman was arrested Sunday afternoon for kidnapping a 2-year-old boy she found near a North Portland home.
The child was returned to his parents unharmed after police took Lisa Kemper into custody. Kemper was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree custodial interference.
Police said the boy's father called emergency dispatchers at about 1:30 p.m. when he discovered that his child was missing from his home in the 3800 block of North Borthwick Avenue.
Earlier in the day, police had responded to a call about a woman wearing men's underwear walking down a street in the 3900 block of North Mississippi Avenue with a child that did not appear to belong to her. Police talked to the woman at about 9:22 a.m. and discovered the missing child, but could not locate his parents.
The boy's father, 29-year-old Edward Ershbock, told police he thought the child was with grandparents, but when the grandparents came home at 1:30 p.m. and the father realized the boy was missing, he called police, setting up a reunion with his son.
Police said Kemper, who may suffer from mental health issues and drug abuse, does not know boy or his family.