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Fairview woman gets 20 years for girl's death

A Fairview woman will spend 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday, March 22, to the first-degree manslaughter and coercion of her boyfriend’s 10-year-old daughter.

Police charged Chandra Ilene Rose, 34, with six counts of criminal mistreatment, coercion and the reckless endangerment of another’s life two days after 10-year-old Miranda Crockett was found dead Nov. 24, 2012,

at the Kings Garden Apartments in the 2700 block of Northeast 205th Avenue in Fairview, where the girl lived with her father, Daniel Crockett, Rose and Rose’s two children.

Investigators called the girl's death suspicious. The

state medical examiner determined Miranda drowning and was the victim of homicide.

But despite the initial criminal-mistreatment charges Rose faced after the homicide, she was not charged in the girl's death until recently.

John Casalino, the Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney who prosecuted the case, described the last night of the girl's life.

“On the night of her death, Ms. Rose put Miranda in an ice bath," he said. Ms. Rose tied her up and Ms. Rose made Miranda sleep in a storage box. Ultimately, Ms. Rose caused Miranda to drown in the bathtub.”

Casalino described how Miranda’s life had drastically changed when Rose moved in with Miranda’s father, Daniel Crockett, last June .

The girl was taken out of Salish Pond Elementary School to be home-schooled. Neighbors rarely saw her.

“Miranda was made to sleep in a locked bathroom,” Casalino said.

Rose declined to comment during the sentencing hearing.

Crockett, who is Rose's boyfriend and Miranda's father, described the events of Nov. 24 as “a moment of reckless” and asked for leniency.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Michael McShane instead sentenced Rose to 20 years in prison for Miranda’s death.

Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson described how emotional the case had been for police.

"I have a granddaughter who looks like Miranda," Johnson said. "It's been very difficult for everyone involved and there was a lot of complexity with this case, but justice has been done for Miranda."