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Jordan Bowers pleads guilty to endangerment charges

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The mother of missing 5-year-old Oakley Carlson has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges. The charges are not related to Oakley’s disappearance.

GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. — The mother of missing 5-year-old Oakley Carlson pleaded guilty to two counts of endangerment with a controlled substance in addition to one count of abandonment.

Jordan Bowers, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, was due to stand trial on April 19. Bowers had a criminal history and would likely face a longer sentence than her husband. Bowers will be sentenced on April 22.

Andrew Carlson, Oakley’s father, was sentenced at the end of March to 12 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to two counts of endangerment with a controlled substance on March 14.

The charges are not related to Oakley’s disappearance.

Under the endangerment charges, Andrew Carlson was charged with knowingly or intentionally allowing two of his dependent children to be exposed to, ingest, inhale or have contact with methamphetamine. According to court documents, the Oakley siblings had “extremely high” levels of methamphetamines in their systems, suggesting they had been exposed to the drug or possibly ingested it.

Andrew Carlson had no criminal history. He is eligible for early release as early as August 2022.

In addition to 12 months in jail, Judge Katherine Svoboda said Andrew Carlson cannot use controlled substances, including marijuana or THC, without a valid prescription. He must also obtain a chemical dependency assessment within 45 days of his release, complete any recommended treatment and provide evidence in court within six months of his release.

Neither Andrew Carlson nor Bowers have been charged in connection with Oakley’s disappearance. She was last seen alive on February 10, 2021.

Police began searching for Oakley in December 2021 when a school principal called and asked for a welfare check. The Oakville Elementary School principal called police after one of Oakley’s siblings told him at a sleepover that “Oakley is no more,” according to court documents.

Investigators said Oakley was not seen during the welfare check and that Bowers and Carlson were uncooperative.

During a search of the family’s home, police found toys and clothing for all the children except Oakley. They also found blood on the blinds of the house and the front door. Investigators searched the family’s 300-acre property but did not find Oakley.

Anyone with information about Oakley’s disappearance is asked to contact the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 360-533-8765 or contact Detective Sgt. Paul Logan at 360-964-1729 or by email at [email protected]