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Medford woman charged with beating 6-year-old

A Medford woman faces Measure 11 assault charges accusing her of beating a child under her care multiple times.

Evelyn Mondragon Ortiz, 42, is in the Jackson County Jail facing a string of assault and criminal mistreatment charges surrounding alleged June attacks on a 6-year-old child at her home in the 800 block of Carol Rae in Medford, according to documents filed Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The child told police of multiple incidents of abuse by Mondragon Ortiz that included throws, hits with hard objects and at least one kick that caused the child a head injury, according to documents filed by Medford police.

The investigation began late last month when a babysitter contacted police after noticing suspicious injuries while watching the child in June. The sitter noticed new injuries June 22, 25 and 26, and the child allegedly told the sitter that Mondragon Ortiz caused the injuries.

When interviewed by police, the 6-year-old described to investigators being thrown to the kitchen floor, then being picked up again and thrown into a chair in an attack that police say caused a large contusion on the child’s forehead.

“It felt like bones breaking and I couldn’t have air,” the child allegedly told police.

In other incidents, Mondragon Ortiz allegedly kicked the child in the back while the child was on hands and knees cleaning the bathroom floor and allegedly used a spoon to hit the child in the arm and stomach.

At a hospital, medical staff recorded more than 10 injuries on the child, including bruises and clumps of missing hair on the right and left sides of the child’s head.

When questioned by police Tuesday, Mondragon Ortiz allegedly admitted grabbing the child’s face and striking the child with a spoon.

“The suspect said if she could say anything to the victim she would say, ‘I am sorry for treating [the child] bad,’” court documents filed by police say.

Mondragon Ortiz was arrested Tuesday evening, and was still a Jackson County Jail inmate as of Thursday afternoon. She made a court appearance Wednesday for two counts of second-degree assault, four counts of third-degree assault and four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

At the hearing, Jackson County Circuit Judge Lisa Greif ordered no early release unless she posts 10 percent of bail set at $250,000. Should Mondragon Ortiz post bond, Greif set release conditions that included no firearms, no contact with minors and no contact with alleged victims.

Under Oregon’s Measure 11 law, assault in the second degree carries a mandatory minimum of 70 months in prison.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Evelyn Mondragon Ortiz, 42, faces felony assault and criminal mistreatment charges accusing her of attacking a 6-year-old child under her care. Jackson County Jail booking photo.