Father of missing 5-year-old sentenced in endangerment case

Posted at 3:52 PM, March 29, 2022 and last updated 5:04 PM, July 5, 2023

MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — The father of a missing 5-year-old child has been sentenced to about a year in prison after pleading guilty to exposing children to methamphetamine.

Andrew Carlson (Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office)

Andrew Carlson was sentenced Monday, KING-TV reported. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of endangerment with a controlled substance.

The charges are not related to the disappearance of Oakley Carlson.

Under the endangerment charges, Andrew Carlson was accused of knowingly or intentionally permitting two of his other dependent children to be exposed to, ingest, inhale, or have contact with methamphetamine.

Additionally, Andrew Carlson is not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, with the exception of his biological children pending dependency court hearings.

5-year-old Oakley Carlson was reported missing on Dec. 5, 2021. (Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office)

A similar plea agreement has been offered to Oakley’s mother, Jordan Bowers.

Neither Andrew Carlson nor Bowers have been charged in relation to Oakley’s disappearance. Oakley was returned from foster care to the custody of her biological parents in 2019.

Police started looking for Oakley in December 2021 when a school principal called and requested a welfare check. The Oakville Elementary School principal called police after one of Oakley’s siblings said at a sleepover that “Oakley is no more,” according to court documents.

Investigators said Oakley wasn’t seen during the welfare check or found during searches and that Carlson and Bowers were uncooperative.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating and seeking tips.

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