Police: Mother believed daughter was at daycare, found child unresponsive in car

Roseburg Police arrested Nicole Engler on a charge of Manslaughter in the Second Degree after her 21-month-old daughter died after being left in a car. (Douglas County Jail photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Nicole Engler finished work as a family nurse practitioner at Evergreen Family Medicine and headed out to her car to go pick up her 21-month-old daughter Remington from daycare Thursday afternoon, she told police.

But Engler's daughter wasn't at daycare.

She was still in her car seat, according to a Roseburg Police Officer's account of his interview with Engler.

"Nicole said she rushed Remington into the medical facility where medical staff performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation," the officer wrote in a sworn statement. "Remington was transported to Mercy Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased."

Officers responded to the medical office at 4:17 p.m. and interviewed Engler.

She told police she had driven to work and left her daughter in her car seat, believing she had dropped her off at daycare.

Temperatures reached 80 F in Roseburg on Thursday afternoon, according to National Weather Service records.

Police arrested Engler on a charge of "Manslaughter in the Second Degree because, with criminal negligence, she caused the death of her 21 month old daughter by neglect."

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

In Oregon's judicial system, it will be up to prosecutors and the county grand jury to determine whether to pursue the charges against Engler.

Engler worked in northern Vermont and Sacramento, Calif., before moving to Roseburg 4 years ago, according to a biography posted by Evergreen Family Medicine.

The biography says her husband works as an EMT at Mercy Medical Center.

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