Kimblery Vollmer, 33, is charged with third-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, 2013)
PORTLAND, Ore. -– Criminal charges were filed Friday afternoon against a foster mom accused of hitting her foster child.
Officials said 33-year-old Kimberly J. Vollmer of North Portland was arrested Thursday following an investigation into suspected child abuse. She faces one count each of third-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.
On Jan. 13, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) notified Portland police detectives that a report was filed against a foster parent for allegedly striking a child. DHS officers said the 4-year-old girl had a visible injury to her face.
On Jan. 15, detectives with the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team spoke with Vollmer, who also has three other foster children.
According to investigators, Vollmer alleged that the child’s injury occurred when she was changing laundry detergent. When asked why the child would make up a story about being assaulted, Vollmer reportedly told detectives that the child had been abused when she was younger.
Doctors with CARES Northwest, a medically-based child abuse assessment and intervention program, determined that the child’s injuries were intentional, Portland police said. DHS investigators interviewed the three other children, who reported witnessing Vollmer hit the girl in the face.
When confronted with the information, Vollmer eventually admitted that she had hit the child with her left hand, Portland police said. Vollmer then confessed to investigators that on the afternoon of Jan. 12, she tried to place all four children down for a nap at her North Portland home. The four-year-old, according to Vollmer, was mad that she could not watch TV. Vollmer said she got frustrated and hit the child, Portland police said.
When asked by investigators how hard she hit her, on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most powerful, Vollmer estimated her punch to be a 10.
Vollmer made her first court appearance Friday afternoon in Multnomah County Court.
She entered a not guilty plea and was given a second court date for next month.