Shoreline woman arrested after attempting to kidnap a child

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Police were called several times for a disruption on Linden Ave N.
Photo courtesy Shoreline Police
An untreated, mentally ill woman was arrested by Shoreline Police on Friday morning, June 21, 2019.

According to Police, she is being booked into jail on several felony charges.

Police say she was arrested after attempting to kidnap a child.

The child is safe, was not harmed, and was returned to their parent.

The woman arrested is said to be related to the child.

According to Pastor Kelly Dahlman-Oeth, of the nearby Ronald Methodist Church,

"She is known to some of us in the community and the police department. In every encounter I've had with her, she presented behaviors that were clearly untreated and unsupervised mental illness. 
"Whether she has a housing option, I've never been able to discern, as all of my encounters were with her living unsheltered on the streets. 
"Though she has never exhibited dangerous behavior or issued threats, if she attempted to kidnap her child, she most certainly needs treatment for the constellation of issues she is dealing with including mental illness. 
"It's my hope that she is receiving that treatment in King County Corrections instead of simply being incarcerated."

Neighbors reported that the police came and went from the location several times during the morning. They said that the woman was lying the street screaming before her arrest.


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