Vancouver police investigating alleged assault on child

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Police are investigating an allegation that a 2-year-old girl was assaulted while at the Clark County Family YMCA on Friday night.

The Vancouver mother of the girl told The Columbian that when she got home from “Parents Night Out” at the Clark County Family YMCA, 11324 N.E. 51st Circle, there was blood in her daughter’s diaper. She had been in the care of the facility’s child care during the event.

Her parents took the girl to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, where they were met by officers from the Vancouver Police Department. Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp confirmed officers responded to investigate.

The case has since been forwarded to investigators at the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center where authorities are investigating the allegations. Kapp on Tuesday said there had been no arrests and the investigation remains active.

“The YMCA is aware of one reported incident,” said Bruce Patton, vice president for YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. “Our hearts and our prayers go out to the child and the family. The YMCA will cooperate fully with Child Protective Services and law enforcement investigations. The safety of our participants and members is always our top priority.”