Baby found alone in tent in Portland backyard


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 22-year-old mother faces multiple charges after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old baby alone in a tent wearing nothing but thin pajamas and a urine-soaked diaper.

Taylor Marie Kuhn was found by police wrapped in a blanket, sleeping in a car in the backyard with a meth pipe in her shirt. She complained she was cold and admitted her baby may have been alone in the tent for five hours, police said.

A baby was found alone in this tent in the backyard of a North Portland house. The mother, Taylor Kuhn, was arrested, May 8, 2015 (KOIN)

Neighbors called police after hearing the child screaming in the back yard of a home at 9920 N. James Street in St. Johns. That’s when police found the toddler, not covered with a blanket, confined in a playpen in 45-degree weather.

One nearby resident said there’s rampant drug use at that house, plus noise and fighting frequently at night.

A huge tree has fallen on the house. This resident said it’s so bad he can’t even think about trying to sell his house because of what is next door.

Rick Boardman told KOIN 6 News he’s just tried to be a civil neighbor next to what is a very uncivil looking situation. He and his wife don’t use their back porch now because of the eyesore they look at.

Boardman said he’s surprised about the 23-month old found alone outside — but not really.

“It’s embarassing to live there, to live next door to them,” he said. “It really is.”

One person living there, he said, is the son of the house’s owner.

“He won’t let them in the house and they just live in the garage where there’s no water or plumbing or anything else,” Boardman said. “I don’t know where they go to the bathroom.”

Days after Kuhn’s arrest, her ex-husband reached out to KOIN 6 News.

“I wasn’t the least bit surprised to see Taylor on the news in this situation,” Arin Marcus said. “We all knew it wasn’t a matter of what if, but a matter of when.”

Marcus said he has a four-year-old son with Kuhn. He said while they were married she lied about domestic violence and he lost custody during their divorce.

“This is the e-mail she admits to lying to police and the domestic violence allegations,” Marcus said.

But Kuhn also lost custody of their son. Marcus said he went into foster care and was eventually adopted into a family.

“I was scapegoated,” Marcus said. “My son was taken because I didn’t assault my wife, there’s something terribly wrong with that.”

It’s unclear where Kuhn’s other child is now. Kuhn is still in jail with her next court appearance set for May 18. She is to have contact with her child only with the permission of DHS.

Kuhn faces two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, second-degree child neglect, reckless endangerment and possession of meth.

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