GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - The mother of Oakley Carlson, a 5-year-old girl who has been missing since at least February of 2021, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday for two counts of child endangerment with a controlled substance.
Earlier this month, Jordan Bowers pleaded guilty to withholding necessary medication from another child. She was charged with second-degree abandonment for failing to provide medication for that child.
Last month Oakley's father, Andrew Carlson, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for charges involving the same child. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangerment with a controlled substance. He changed his plea to guilty of the two felony counts.
"And by the evidence before this court, and the evidence that she’s agreed the court can consider, it is clear that she is responsible," said
Grays Harbor County: Superior Court Judge Svoboda. "And I said something along the same lines to Mr. Carlson, it is a parent’s job to protect their children and Miss Bowers failed to do that."
Carlson and Bowers were charged in December after deputies said that they had not been providing medication to another child in their care as required by her doctor for over a year. With that information, prosecutors charged Carlson and Bowers with second-degree abandonment of a dependent person, which is a felony.
"And in the end, I don’t really care who used the methamphetamine. I’m convinced beyond any doubt that they both knew that their children were being exposed and they took no steps to stop it," Svoboda said.
Investigators said the circumstances of Oakley's disappearance are suspicious. The parents claim the last time they saw Oakley alive was Nov. 30.
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Anyone with information that may be helpful in this case please contact detectives at the non-emergency number at 360-533-8765 or Detective Sgt. Paul Logan 360-964-1729. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.