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McMinnville Police Investigate Infant Death ***Updated information 12/8/17*** - 12/08/17

Media Release 12/8/2017


The McMinnville Police Department would like to provide some follow-up information to the media release from December 5, 2017. Additional information was provided to the Police Department after the first release and tips will continue to be investigated as they come in. The officers involved in the investigation are appreciative of the public's help.

Based on inquiries and information shared about this homicide investigation, it is worth noting that this tragic death was not the result of an incidental or accidental event such as bumping into a wall or rolling off a bed. To be clear, the infant's injuries were not caused by an accidental event. The infant's injuries were caused by a great deal of force exerted on the child, causing a traumatic brain injury leading to her death. The primary caregivers for the infant, as previously noted, have been identified as Clely Flores-Ramirez and David Arias, who both reside in the attached apartment at 1125 NE Irvine Street in McMinnville.

This infant's death was not caused by co-sleeping or Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (frequently referred to as SIDS).

The McMinnville Police Department would like to remind the public that there is help available for those who are experiencing difficulty with parenting young children and these are just a few of the resources available:
- Yamhill County Crisis Line 844-842-8200
- Juliette's House 503-435-1550
- Yamhill County Family and Youth 503-434-7462
- Yamhill County Department of Human Services 503-472-4634

As a last resort, a parent may leave an infant at an authorized facility in the physical custody of an employee, physician, or other medical professional working in the authorized facility if the infant is within 30 days of age and has no evidence of abuse. See ORS 418.017 for further information.

According to the Oregon Health Authority report on Childhood Fatalities in Oregon, injury was the cause of death for 86 children in 2014. Let's do what we can to make sure this doesn't happen to even one more child.

If you have information that might help in this homicide investigation, please contact the McMinnville Police Department tipline at 503-434-2337. The case remains under investigation at this time.

McMinnville Police Investigate Infant Death - 12/05/17

On November 21, 2017, McMinnville Fire Department and McMinnville Police Department personnel were dispatched to an apartment attached to the residence at 1125 NE Irvine Street on a report of a 7 week old female infant that wasn't breathing. Upon arrival, first responders worked to resuscitate her and the infant was promptly transferred to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Shortly after arrival at WVMC, the infant was transported via Life Flight to OHSU/Doernbecher Children's Hospital for treatment of a traumatic brain injury.

Despite the prompt attention and excellent care from all medical personnel involved, the infant succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on November 24, 2017. McMinnville Police Department personnel became involved early on as the circumstances of the infant's injuries were not consistent with the explanation provided by the primary caregivers. Medical personnel determined the infant sustained abusive head trauma that led to her death and the case is being investigated as a homicide pending final autopsy results from the Oregon Medical Examiner's office.

This is an ongoing homicide investigation and limited information is available at this time due to the sensitive nature of the case. The Police Department requests the public's assistance, particularly if you have any knowledge about the events at the above named residence or if you are aware of any previously unreported disturbances or noise complaints on the night of November 20 or on the morning of November 21. If you have information that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Police Department tipline at 503-434-2337 and reference case number 17-4521.

Shooting in NW McMinnville **2nd update below** - 11/29/17

On Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 6:40 pm McMinnville Police and Fire/EMS were dispatched to the area of NW 9th and Hickory Street regarding a male adult who was the victim of a gunshot wound. The male was stabilized at the scene and transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center for treatment on his non-life-threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation and no further details can be released at this time.

**update** As of 11/29/17 this case is still under active investigation. The McMinnville Police Department anticipates releasing further information on 11/30/17. The Detectives working this case are confident that there is no danger to the public.

**2nd Update**

On November 25th, 2017, at about 6:40 pm McMinnville police officers responded to a report of a shooting near 9th and Hickory. An adult male victim was located and transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the ear. The suspect, 35 year old Christopher Ridenour of McMinnville, allegedly approached the victim and they got into a verbal altercation. Ridenour and the victim knew each other prior to their altercation and at some point during their contact, Ridenour pointed a handgun at the victim and shot the victim once in the head. Ridenour fled the area prior to law enforcement arrival.

On November 29th, 2017, at about 2:30 pm Ridenour was arrested by McMinnville Police Department for the following charges:
Attempted Murder Bail: $150,000
Assault I Bail: $150,000
Menacing Bail: $5,000
Felon in possession of a weapon Bail: $7,500
Unlawful possession of a firearm Bail: $7,500
Unlawful use of a weapon: Bail: $7,500

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Rudolph at 503-434-7307 or you can leave a message on the McMinnville PD Tipline at 503-434-2337.