PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A mother in the midst of a custody battle over her daughter with cancer was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on Thursday morning.
Christina Dixon turned herself in at around 4 a.m. and was booked on 2 counts for both 1st-degree custodial interference and 1st-degree criminal mistreatment.
A court order was issued for her daughter, Kylee Dixon, to be brought into the Department of Health Services after she and her mother failed to show up for a scheduled surgery on June 6.
According to posts from the mother and family members on Facebook, the 35-year-old had been relying on natural medicine to treat her 13-year-old daughter’s cancer, including CBD oil.
“Kylee was allowed to live with her mother while being a ward of the state,” Clackamas County Sgt. Marcus Mendoza told KOIN 6 News. “Kylee had a surgery scheduled for June 6. DHS was present when that was to occur, but unfortunately, Kylee and her mother did not show up.”
The Dixons have lived in Wilsonville and most recently in Gresham.
“It was apparent when law enforcement went to serve this order that Kylee was no longer there,” he said.
There were concerns for Kylee’s wellbeing, he said, and DHS, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Wilsonville police were all working together.
On June 10, authorities asked the public to help spot Kylee because authorities believe she needs medical treatment. Kylee and her mother were later located in Las Vegas on June 13.
Christina was released from custody on Thursday afternoon following her arraignment.
She’s due back in court next month.