Abandoned Ore. children kept in foster care

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Three children found abandoned in a Portland shed will temporarily stay in foster care, a judicial referee has ruled.

The ruling means two of the children, ages 2 and 3, will stay in the same foster home where they have been residing since a man discovered them behind a shed in southeast Portland on Thursday.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/LD9GXi ) a third child, age 12 months, will stay in medical foster care because she is underweight.

The Oregon Department of Human Services has been unable to locate the children's mother.

State child welfare worker Beth Barnhart says the mother is homeless and transient, and the family has been in Oregon since at least February.

Barnhart says the father of the children is believed to be in prison in Florida.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com