Slain boy declared safe by state 2 weeks after vanishing: report


Aiden Salcido was found at an abandoned campsite in Montana

The FBI and police in Medford are looking for 2-year-old Aiden Salcido whose parents were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Montana, July 26, 2019. (FBI)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 2-year-old Medford boy who was shot to death by a parent was determined to be safe weeks after the child had already vanished.

A new state report also says a case worker knew Aiden Salcido’s father had fired a gun inside a tent where he was caring for the toddler and that the father had threatened to kill Aiden’s mother.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that a child welfare worker still found no indication of a threat to Aiden’s well-being and closed the case. The next month, his parents died in a murder-suicide after a police chase in Montana. Aiden’s body was found three days later at an abandoned campsite in Montana.

Jake Sunderland, a Department of Human Services spokesman, had no comment and says the report “speaks for itself.”

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