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Allegedly intoxicated grandmother arrested after child left outside apartment

A Beaverton grandmother was arrested Friday after her 5-year-old granddaughter was apparently locked out of her house. by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Kama Waltz, 39, was arrested on accusations of first-degree criminal mistreatment I and second-degree child abuse and was transported to the Washington County Jail. The child was placed with a relative.

Washington County sheriff's deputies were called to the Canyon Park Apartments, 4700 S.W. 107th Ave., on May 10 around 4:09 p.m. to investigate a child being locked out of her apartment

Deputies contacted the child in the apartment manager's office. The manager told them the 5-year-old girl came to the office and said she couldn't get into her apartment. The managers knew the child and went to the apartment where she lives with her grandmother. The two of them knocked on the door repeatedly but no one would open it, said Sgt. David Thompson, sheriff's office spokesman.

Deputies learned the child had returned home from riding the school bus and was knocking on her door for a while before she sought help.

Arriving at the apartment and knocking on the door for about 15 minutes, deputies could hear someone moving around inside, but were unable to get anyone to come to the door.

They eventually used a key the manager supplied. About an hour passed from when the child came home to the time deputies entered the apartment.

They found Kama Waltz, 39, inside. Deputies reported she was extremely intoxicated and did not seem to be aware that her grandchild never returned home from school, Thompson said. Waltz was arrested on accusations of first-degree criminal mistreatment and second-degree child abuse and was transported to the Washington County Jail. The child was placed with a relative.



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