Gresham PD steps up for newborn, mom victimized by crime


GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — While a young woman was at Mount Hood Medical Center on June 10 giving birth to her first child, her apartment was burglarized, all the newborn’s items were stolen and bleach was poured on their clothes. Two days later, the grandmother’s car was torched.

But the Gresham Police Department stepped up to help in a way far beyond the call of duty.

Officer Ben Costigan said the crimes were tragic and the department decided to go beyond finding the culprit.

“This was very unusual. Somebody’s in the hospital giving birth to a child. It should be a fantastic experience,” Costigan told KOIN 6 News. “Instead you’re dealing with some pretty bad crimes that have been committed against you.”

He and other officers “tried to find as many baby items as we could, got all those together and then, on top of that, we gave a $500 gift card to the mother to try and cover anything else that was needed.”

This grandmother’s car was torched in the parking lot of Mount Hood Medical Center as her daughter gave birth to her first baby, June 12, 2019 (Courtesy to KOIN)

On her Facebook page, the baby’s grandmother thanked the Gresham PD and Detective Crate.

“You guys are so awesome and caring words could never express what my family is feeling…. my daughter’s apartment was broken into while she was giving birth to her son.. he took everything that she had bought for the baby😩EVERYTHING!” the grandmother wrote. “And our wonderful Gresham police gave her these baby things to help her and the officers association gave her a $500. Gift card to Fred Meyer… they are so kind..”

Investigators also have a person of interest in the case.

“I’m not going to mention his name because he hasn’t been charged with these crimes,” Costigan said. “He is in jail for some other charges, so he’s out of the picture right now and we hope that he stays that way.”

He added he expects that person of interest to face charges.

Costigan hopes the baby and the mother realize “there’s good people out there. It’s not always bad things that are going to happen to you. This was a tragic event that we don’t want to see to any new mother. We’re hoping that they can go on with their lives and enjoy life.”

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