Naked Child Found In Truck, Spiced Rum On Floor, Mom Gone

Girl's Mother Located Nearby In National Forest

A Nederland woman is suspected of child abuse after her unclothed 2-year-old daughter was found in an unlocked pickup truck parked in the middle of a U.S. Forest Road in Boulder County over the weekend.

Forest Service employees on routine fire patrol said they found a Nissan Frontier pickup at about 8 p.m. Saturday in the middle of Forest Service Road 355, southwest of Nederland. The workers said the pickup truck appeared to have been abandoned -- the driver's door was open and the truck tailgate was down.

When they approached the truck they found a young girl sleeping in the back seat, covered with a blanket. Her mother's purse was on the front passenger seat floor, along with an empty 750 ml bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, according to the arrest report. Keys to the pickup were found on the front passenger seat.

Forest Service workers then contacted the Boulder County Sheriff's Office to help look for the driver of the pickup.

When the child woke up, she said that her mother had been driving the pickup truck but she didn't know where her "mommy" was. The toddler also told a deputy that she was hungry and thirsty, according to the sheriff's report.

The child's mother, identified as Katrina Diane Camp, 30, was later found with a Bernese mountain dog at Forest Service Roads 355 and 355C, about three-tenths of a mile north of the pickup.

Camp told deputies she and her daughter were "camping" where the car was parked. She said her daughter had needed to take a nap and she couldn't go to sleep while her mother was there so Camp "went for a hike" at about 6:45 p.m.. She said she could hear her daughter from where she was and didn't feel the girl was in danger.

When asked if she was camping in the middle of the road or a nearby campground, Camp told the deputy, "Right here." The deputy said Camp "was pretty out of it."

The deputy told Camp that transients camp in the area, and the pickup door was open with the keys inside. Camp told the deputy that she would have been able to protect her daughter from anyone, according to the arrest report. The deputy said he pointed out three total strangers were with her daughter at the pickup and she had no idea they were there.

Camp also said she had been drinking the bottle of rum, which had been three-quarters full when she started drinking, the report stated. She refused to take a breath test, the report stated.

When they asked Camp if she wanted to make a statement or answer questions, she told deputies, "It's OK, I suck."

The 2-year-old girl was examined by Nederland Fire personnel and Pridemark Paramedics and taken into the custody of Boulder County Housing and Human Services and then returned to the father. The dog was taken to Camp's home in Nederland.

Camp was arrested and booked into the Boulder County Jail at 1:15 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of child abuse.

While en route to the jail, Camp told a deputy that she ran the nursery at the Rally Sports Fitness Club in Boulder, and that she would never put any child in danger, much less her daughter, the arrest report stated. Camp's job title was listed as "kids manager" on her arrest report.

The deputy said she repeatedly told him, "You're a parent, you know how it is. Sometimes you just need a break."

Rally Sports Fitness Club said Camp was no longer working there until her legal issues are resolved. Camp is employed there as the Kids Corner Administrator. However, a check of their website showed that a photo of Camp holding a baby and a short biography had been removed on Monday afternoon.

Camp bonded out on Sunday evening and is due in court on Oct. 18.

A check of Colorado criminal records show Camp was arrested in 2007 under her maiden name on suspicion of driving under the influence. She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired and was sentenced to 60 hours of community service, 60 days of electronic surveillance, 18 months probation and $1,177 in fines.

7NEWS contacted Camp and her husband, Jason, at their home. They did not wish to comment, but said their daughter is back at home safe.

Read the arrest report.

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