Girl snuck out of great-grandmother's home
Chelsea Kaye was in the right place at the right time today, and a 2-year-old girl is safe because of it.
Kaye, 26, was driving on Willamette Drive in West Linn around 9:30 this morning while running some errands. Near Burns Street, the Lake Oswego woman noticed a small girl wearing giant flip-flops walking toward the highway, nearly walking into traffic.
Having a small child herself, Kaye stopped her car and scooped up the girl. Kaye said the girl seemed disoriented and a little frightened. The girl, Olivia, asked Kaye to pick her up and Kaye quickly complied.
Kaye said she expected to see a frantic parent running looking for the child but, after a few minutes, no one came. So, at 9:41 a.m., she called 9-1-1.
West Linn officer Blain McKean arrived on the scene and started knocking on neighboring doors trying to locate Olivia's residence, as the little girl could not say where she lived.
Kaye offered to stay with the girl and entertained her with some books she had in the car.
At 9:56 a.m., the police received a call from a home on First Court regarding a missing child, which was about two blocks from where Olivia was found. The girl had been staying at her great-grandmother's house. Unknown to great-grandma, Olivia had recently learned how to open the door and had snuck out.
Thankful for Kaye's actions, McKean awarded her with one of the police department's Challenge Coins, which are given to members of the community who do something outstanding.
'I can't think of a better recipient for one of these coins,' McKean said.
'I was just glad I was able to help,' Kaye said.