Missing 4-year-old girl, mother found safe

Woman was wanted on warrant tied to alleged assault in Hazel Dell

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: July 23, 2014, 2:45 PM

 

A 4-year-old girl who was missing and possibly endangered was found with her mother in Kelso 4½ hours after authorities asked for the public’s help in finding her.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, asking for the public’s help in locating 4-year-old Stormy Kennedy, who was last seen with her mother, Kimberly Ann Gibson.

The sheriff’s office said that Gibson, 41, intentionally hit her boyfriend, who is also Stormy’s father, with her vehicle on Saturday and fled the scene. The girl is believed to have been in the vehicle at the time and witnessed the incident.

Gibson’s van was later found unoccupied in a parking lot in Longview, but the whereabouts of Gibson and Stormy were unknown.

By 2:30 p.m., someone who had seen the news coverage had spotted a woman and child matching Gibson and Stormy’s description near a shelter in Kelso and called 911.

Police responded and located both Gibson and Stormy. Gibson was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. Stormy was taken to the Kelso Police Department and reunited with her father. There were no reported injuries.

Boyfriend’s account

The warrant for Gibson’s arrest was issued on Tuesday for suspicion of second-degree domestic violence assault, unlawful imprisonment and first-degree custodial interference.

The information filed in Clark County Superior Court for the warrant provided the following account of events:

Gibson’s boyfriend of five years told deputies that Gibson had been arrested about a year ago for drug possession and went into treatment. In February, Gibson moved back to their Hazel Dell home and was supposed to stay clean and sober.

On Saturday, Gibson’s boyfriend tried to stop her from driving away with their daughter after he confronted her about alcohol he’d found stashed in their house. Gibson accelerated, and her boyfriend bounced off the hood and was caught on the side mirror and dragged a short distance. Authorities noted large abrasions on his right knee, stomach and elbow.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office thanked the community for their help with the case.