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Police: Man abandoned child, tried to give baby away

A Southern Oregon man is in jail after police say he abandoned a 5-year-old child at a park and tried to give away a baby.

Bryant Noe Garcia, 30, of Roseburg was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of child abandonment and second-degree child neglect.

At 3:53 p.m. Sunday, 911 dispatchers received a call about a child who had been left at River Forks Park. The rural park outside Roseburg is where the North Umpqua River and South Umpqua River merge to form the main Umpqua River.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they responded and learned the father had been trying to give away another child — a 10-month-old infant. The father abandoned the 5-year-old at the park and drove away in his vehicle with the baby, according to deputies.

A deputy safely recovered the child at the park.

Law enforcement units from various agencies plus Search and Rescue were dispatched to assist in locating the suspect vehicle and baby. Detectives were called out and an Amber Alert plan was activated.

At approximately 6:21 p.m., the suspect and baby were located at a home in the 1200 block of Northwest Hicks Street in Roseburg. The suspect was identified as Garcia, according to the sheriff’s office.

Both the child and baby were not physically injured and they were reunited with their mother, the sheriff’s office said.

A search of Oregon circuit court records show Garcia was convicted of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in 2007 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

In 2008, he was convicted of attempting to buy alcohol when he was less than 21.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

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