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Oregon police find mother of 3 abandoned kids
Oregon police find mother of 3 children abandoned in a Portland shed
By The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ' The mother of three children abandoned in a Portland shed was found by police on Friday, a day after the kids were taken to safety.

Authorities did not immediately identify the mother or say why the children were left in a shed next to a vacant house in southeast Portland.

Someone called authorities Thursday morning to report hearing children's voices.

Another neighbor, Judy Baxter, 65, said that when officers arrived, they gave stuffed toys to the kids, all of whom appeared to be younger than age 4.

One officer carried the youngest child, a baby, to a police cruiser, she said.

"They were sure little cuties," Baxter told The Associated Press Friday.

"It's just so sad for the kids," she said. "I won't tell you what they need to do to her (the mother)."

Baxter is the former owner of the vacant house and property on which the shed is located and lives across from it. She sold that house in 2006.

Baxter said that Thursday morning, she saw some young people going into the vacant house so she called the current owner.

Portland news media reported that homeless people told police a woman dropped off the children Wednesday night.

The children were described as healthy. They're in protective custody.

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