Medical examiner: Fairview girl drowned; death ruled homicide
FAIRVIEW, Ore. - The state medical examiner ruled a 10-year-old Fairview girl's death a homicide.
Miranda Crockett drowned on Nov. 24, according to Dr. Larry Lewman.
Crockett died at the King's Garden Apartments on NE 207th.
Police arrested Chandra Ilene Rose, 34, in connection with the case on Nov. 26.
Rose is the girlfriend of Crockett's father and has three children of her own. The children were placed in protective custody.
Rose is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 19. She faces charges of criminal mistreatment and reckless endangerment.
A judge sealed court documents that outline why Rose was arrested in connection with Crockett's death during Rose's first court appearance and raised her bail from $12,000 to $100,000.
Joel Meyer, whose wife organized a vigil for Miranda Crockett, said the news that Crockett's death was a homicide didn't surprise him.
"Someone goes to jail and there's questions not being answered," Meyer said. "And there's stuff being held back and people maybe not being honest. I mean, someone's dead, something happened. So a homicide, I never really thought anything else."
Police said Crockett's father was not at home when his daughter died.
On Wednesday, a neighbor told KATU News that her father moved out of the neighborhood.
Neighbors said Miranda Crocket was a playful girl who was well-known around the apartment complex.
"She played with my kids," said Angela, a neighbor who didn't give her last name. "She was a beautiful girl. She loved to be outside and play. She liked to sing and ride her bike. She would always smile and never let anything get her down."
"She was so sweet and full of emotion and full of love," said Meyer. "She would always be the first one to go help a kid that fell down. She just had a big, bright life while she was here and that's how I'm going to remember her."
KATU's Lincoln Graves contributed to this story.