5-year-old's death 'worst case' of abuse officials have ever seen

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by KGW.com Staff and Mike Benner

NWCN.com

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:01 AM

GRESHAM, Ore.  – Child abuse investigators said Monday a Gresham 5-year-old girl who died last week had been abused for years in what they said was the "worst case of child abuse that anyone can ever recall" in the area.

Detectives arrested the girl's father, 23-year old Christopher Rosillo, and Guadalupe Quintero, a woman police said was a long-time live-in fiance of Rosillo's.

Both were charged with murder.

Someone at the home on the 400 block of SE 169th called 9-1-1 just before noon on Tuesday and said Oleander Labier was not breathing. Paramedics arrived and took her to Portland Adventist Hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

"We notified the major crimes team, we notified the child abuse team, told them what we had, and they started an investigation immediately," said Sergeant Rick Wilson.

An autopsy showed the cause of death was homicidal violence, police said.

"She was always nice, good, dressed," said neighbor Karen Vega.  "She used to look healthy and everything, she was a pretty girl," she added.

Investigators said Monday that Labier had suffered through a pattern of abuse and neglect for years at the hands Rosillo and Quintero.

"This poor little girl endured some physical abuse for years and we want the public to know this isn't a one time thing; this has been going on for awhile," said Sgt. Rick Wilson of the Gresham Police Dept.

Two other children who lived at the home were taken into protective custody. Anyone with information in the case was asked to call Gresham Police.

(KGW Reporter Randy Neves contributed to this report)

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