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State now accusing babysitter of murder

DA's office reviews case, bumps up severity of charges


A Clackamas County grand jury on May 5 indicted an Oregon City babysitter on a murder charge. Oregon City Police Department officers arrested 37-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Martin at 10:25 a.m. the following day.

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OCPD first arrested Martin near her mother’s house in Oregon City on April 29 on a first-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the death of 7-month-old Izaak Gillen. She later was released after someone posted the legal minimum of 10 percent of her $250,000 bail.

Following her second arrest, Martin now is lodged in the Clackamas County Jail without bail. She was arraigned Thursday and pleaded not-guilty.

The Clackamas County District Attorney’s office decided to increase the severity of the charges after a more thorough review of police reports. Martin was arrested after a Wednesday hearing that put her children into protective custody.

Oregon City police detectives have been investigating this case since they were contacted by hospital staff from Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel on April 6. Police said Izaak died on April 7 from injuries he received while he was at Martin’s residence in Oregon City with no other adults present. Court documents say that Izaak died of a “closed head injury” consistent with violent shaking.

Izaak’s parents, Justin and Stacy Gillen, who asked for everyone to respect their privacy while they grieve, released the following statement after the murder charge:

“Our hearts are broken over the loss of our son, Izaak. We think about him and grieve for him daily. Izaak will forever live in the hearts and memories of everyone who knew him.

“A special thank you goes out to all the support personnel for our family: the Oregon City Police Department, the staff of Randall Children’s Hospital, the District Attorney’s Office, and all others. We especially want to thank our family, friends and church for their love and support during this time. God loaned us an angel for seven short months, and it is our faith in Him that gets us through each day.

“We trust the legal system to determine the facts of the case and to bring justice for Izaak. We believe that, in time, the person responsible for Izaak’s death will be held accountable.”

Martin knew the Gillen family through Grand View Baptist Church, which is just south of Oregon City, and Martin had been baby-sitting Izaak since December. KOIN 6 News learned Martin lives in her Oregon City home with her husband and two children — a 10 year old and a 10 month old. She has no apparent criminal history.

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