Father not liable for ‘fearless toddler’ escapes

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the child-neglect conviction of a Redmond father who was asleep twice when his 3-year-old son escaped their home.

A three-judge panel found in a decision handed down Wednesday that Jorge Negrete’s conduct wasn’t model parenting, but it also wasn’t criminal.

Negrete had been convicted of second-degree child neglect in Deschutes County Circuit Court after the 2011 escapes.

The judges who heard the appeal called the boy a “fearless toddler.” Neighbors found him unhurt, pushing his toy truck and accompanied by the family dog.

The court found that a reasonable juror could not find a crime beyond a reasonable doubt in Negrete’s conduct.

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