Dad's girlfriend arrested in Fairview girl's death

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by kgw.com Staff and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:33 AM

PORTLAND -- A Fairview woman was arrested Monday on accusations involving the death of a 10-year-old girl, said police Chief Ken Johnson.

Chandra Ilene Rose was accused of six counts of first-degree felony mistreatment, coercion and recklessly endangering the life of another. Police told KGW that Rose is the girlfriend of the girl's father.

Miranda Crockett, 10, died at the Kings Garden Apartments in the 2700 block of Northeast 207th Avenue in Fairview, Johnson said. 

Friends said she was a happy girl who loved to sing and dance.

"She was a sweet girl, very friendly, always outside, our hearts break for Daniel, it's very sad," said neighbor Angela Anderson.

Police have not said exactly how Crockett died, only described it as "suspicious."

"You see your own kids in these situations. It makes it difficult at times. But at the same time, it renews our pledge to get to the truth," said Chief Ken Johnson with the Fairview Police Department.

Tonja Rayley, who used to babysit for the Crocketts, told KGW that Rose and her 3 children moved in with Miranda and her father last summer. She said a short time later, Rose forbid Miranda from playing outside anymore and also switched her from public school to home schooling.

"After Chandra came... they stopped letting the kids go outside. Chandra was just a weird lady and boom - I get a phone call Saturday morning about Miranda. I’m just like, blown away by it,” Rayley said.

The girl's grandmother reported on a funeral fundraising website that Miranda died unexpectedly at 7:30 a.m. last Saturday.

The case was being investigated by Fairview police and the East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team. Johnson did not provide further details. In court Tuesday, Rose's bail was set at $100,000 but the probable cause document in the case was sealed.

Other children in the home were taken into protective custody.

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