PORTLAND -- The mother of three abandoned children was located by police Friday. Her name was not released.
The three were found in a shed Thursday morning in Southeast Portland and taken into protective custody by Department of Human Services. They were in good condition, police said.
Around 9:30 a.m., a man called 911 to report that he heard children's voices coming from a shed behind his house, in the 7900 block of SE Rhine Street.
Some homeless people nearby told the officers the children were abandoned there the night before, by a woman believed to be their mother.
Neighbor Judy Baxter told KGW, "Evidently the mother had dropped them off, because the people back there knew the mother had dropped them off, but she hadn't been back."
"I kept on thinking, 'Come on back, you simple person," Baxter added. "Come get your babies."
"Calls of abandoned children left alone for this amount of time are unusual in Oregon," a DHS official said. "Locating the parents or guardians will help us determine the best course of action for these children and their future."
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Amber Lewis at 503-823-0185.