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Woman arrested after children found alone on road

Mother faces mistreatment charges after toddlers wandered away from Sherwood home


HillikerSherwood Police have arrested a woman after her two small children were left wandering on the side of the road in Old Town Sherwood.

According to release from the Sherwood Police Department, a 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl were found wandering in 90-degree heat near Southwest First Avenue and Oak Street at about 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 14.

Police said a pair of bystanders gave them food and water and changed their clothes.

Officers were able to track down the childrens’ mother, Mary Katherine Hilliker, 35, of Sherwood, who was found unresponsive and unable to care for the children at her home.

According to police the home was unsuitable for the children to live in and the two children were taken into protective custody.

The children were released into the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services – Child Welfare.

Hilliker was charged with Criminal mistreatment and child neglect. She was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

“The Sherwood Police would like to share their gratitude and appreciation for the bystanders that came to the aid of the children, by keeping them safe, cleaning them up and providing them a clean change of diapers and clothes and giving them food and water,” the statement read.

Sherwood Police will continue to investigate.

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