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McMinnville police arrest mother of 4-year-old Sheridan abuse victim

Brandy Robertson
Brandy Robertson

Jan 24, 2014


News-Register Staff

McMinnville police have arrested the mother of the 4-year-old Sheridan boy who was allegedly assaulted on two occasions by her boyfriend, Capt. Matt Scales said.
 
Brandy Lynn Robertson, 29, of 420 N.W. Evans St.,was charged with one count each of first-degree criminal mistreatment and recklessly endangering another person.
 
The criminal mistreatment charge is a Class C felony and the recklessly endangering charge a Class A misdemeanor.
 
She was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on $20,000 bail, and must post $2,000 to secure her release. She likely will be arraigned at 1:20 p.m. Monday in circuit court.
 
Police said the case stems from the incident in which Robertson's child sustained critical injuries. He was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science in Portland on New Year's Eve after sustaining a traumatic brain injury and numerous other traumatic injuries to his body, including seven broken ribs.
 
The boy has been moved out of the intensive care unit, according to police.
 
Robertson's boyfriend, Michael Shane Abo, 29, has been indicted by a grand jury on two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment in connection with the case.
 
The former Yamhill County sheriff's deputy and Yamhill Police reserve officer is being held in the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro on $500,000 bail.
 
The mother and boy had recently moved into Abo's home in Sheridan. Robertson reportedly was not home when the injuries were inflicted on the boy. Abo told detectives the child fell down a stairwell. A doctor at OHSU said the boy's injuries were not consistent with falling down stairs, and described them as "blunt force trauma" injuries.
 
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Hugo Cerda, at 503-434-7307.
 
See Tuesday's print edition for additional details.

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