PORTLAND -- A 17-year-old has been accused of kidnapping in the disappearance of an infant early Tuesday morning in Portland.
Kabriana Harper was arrested Tuesday for one count of second-degree kidnapping, a Measure 11 crime.
The 4-month-old infant was reported missing from a Portland apartment around 2 a.m., and then located five hours later, alone in the front yard of a home about a mile away from where he vanished.
Harper admits to taking her cousin’s child out of his mother’s apartment, then leaving him in the yard, Deputy District Attorney Heidi Moawad said in a probable cause affidavit. She told detectives she did not want to get in trouble for taking the child.
She told investigators she was worried about the child’s welfare and safety, but was unable to explain how leaving him in the yard would have helped.
The boy was cold, but okay and taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said.
"Early this morning, she took the baby from the residence then abandoned him under a tree in the 400 block of Northeast 139th Avenue," said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau Tuesday.
Police said Harper is a cousin of the baby's mother and had been staying with her for a brief visit. He added that detectives interviewed Harper extensively before she was arrested and taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.
The investigation began around 2 a.m., when the baby's mother called 911 to report that he was missing from an apartment complex at the intersection of East Burnside and 148th Avenue. The infant was eventually found around 7 a.m. police said.
A person who lives nearby told KGW his neighbor spotted the baby in her front yard as she left for work. He said the baby was only wearing a short-sleeved top and a diaper.
The woman who first found the baby also sent a tweet to KGW that said, "I don't really have anything to say except that I hope the rest of the baby's life is less eventful than this morning."
Portland policeman Kevin Macho held the baby after he was found safe.
"It's a good day," he said.
What's important, he added, was that the baby was found. Macho said it was especially touching for him, since he's a father, too.
"Under these uniforms, we are husbands, mothers, fathers," he said.
Police also went to a home in North Portland around 5 a.m., as part of the investigation, but have not disclosed why.
(KGW reporters Pat Dooris Ashley Korslien and Kyle Iboshi also contributed to this report.)