Mom Arrested, Child Returned to Dad

michelle chandlerMEDFORD, Ore. —  After being missing for nearly a year, a little boy is being reunited with his dad.  U.S. Marshals, Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Human Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all worked together to arrest the woman.

Police have been looking for 31 year old Michelle Lee Chandler from Amity. She was wanted on charges of Custodial Interference and Contempt.

One year ago, in August 2013, a court order was issued in Yamhill County to remove Chandler’s then 4-year old son from her custody and return the boy to his father, Charles Norris. Police could not find them. In April 2014 Norris filed a missing person report with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office stating he had not seen his son since June of 2013. Norris reported no one he had talked with had seen Chandler and no one knew if his son was still in her care.

Investigators tracked her down to a residence in Jacksonville. Chandler and three of her children were located a short distance from the residence and Chandler was taken into custody without incident. Chandler’s three children, ages 5, 8, and 11 were taken into protective custody by the Oregon Department of Human Services to be reunited with other family members.