Charge: Mother left 23-month-old daughter in tent outside

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old Portland woman accused of leaving her 23-month-old daughter in a tent outside has pleaded not guilty.

The Oregonian reports that Taylor Marie Marcus, also known as Taylor Kuhn, has been indicted on first-degree criminal mistreatment, second-degree child neglect, recklessly endangering another person and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Court documents show police were dispatched May 7 when a caller said a child could be heard screaming from a nearby home's backyard. The girl was alone in a tent confined to a playpen. The outside temperature was 45 degrees.

The child was taken into care by Oregon Child Protective Services.

Marcus told police she had put the girl to bed in the tent at 10 p.m. the night before.

Her next court date is June 29.