DESCHUTES COUNTY, Ore. — A 1-year-old boy was found naked in the dirt in an Oregon forest last week after his father reportedly set him down and walked away.
According to a post on the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a desperate search for the boy began after his father, Brandon M. Blouin, 25, of Belpre, Ohio, wandered out of the woods early May 10.
Blouin told police that he, an 18-year-old woman and their son, Bradley Michael, had been staying in a vehicle in the forest. The woman had walked away from the vehicle at some point and left Bradley in the care of Blouin. Blouin waited for her to return but then took the child with him to look for her.
At some point, he put the child down and left him.
Blouin is believed to have been under the influence of a controlled substance when he set his son down on the forest floor, officials said.
The sheriff’s office started scouring for the baby with horseback searchers, drones and helicopters with thermal image sensors. At just after noon, the child was found lying in the dirt about one mile from the family’s vehicle. He was transferred into the care of medical personnel on scene.
Blouin now faces charges of criminal mistreatment, child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and assault. Authorities say the assault charge stems from an injury they believe the child suffered while in Blouin’s care.
The case remains under investigation.