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Oregon Mother Whose 6-Year-Old Tested Positive For Meth Is On The Run

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Oregon police are still searching for a woman whose 6-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine.

The girl is currently in protective custody while Tigard police continue to search for Leslie Von Wald, 44, who is wanted for distributing meth.

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Von Wald was indicted by a Washington County grand jury earlier this month.

Part of a six month investigation, police executed a search warrant and found a pound of meth in her home, drug paraphernalia and nearly $4,600. Von Wald was found sleeping with her daughter. In another room was her 16-year-old son and his friend.

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Both children were removed from the home and placed in foster care.

A simultaneous search at a related location uncovered heroin, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and more than $5,600. Two women at that residence, 40 year-old Stephanie L. Matsuura and 51 year-old Lisa L. Lewis, were arrested.

Tigard police spokesman Jim Wolf said Von Wald’s daughter later tested positive for meth, but it is unclear how it got into her system.

"We are not aware of specifics at this time," Wolf wrote in an email last week. "The child may have 'absorbed' meth simply from constant exposure. However not to be ruled out since the drugs were accessible -- the child may have ingested some. Nothing clearly evident as you see."

Von Wald is still on the run. Police said she could be driving a while 1998 Volvo 870 with Oregon license plate WTV-025 and a "bogus temporary tag." Tigard Police ask anyone with information to call the tip line at 503-718-COPS (2677).

Sources: KOIN, The Oregonian