BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney who left his baby unattended in a parked car, won't be charged with a crime. Evander McIver reportedly forgot his one-year-old son was asleep in a carseat, May 31, and he went to work at the DA's office. The child was rescued by Bend Police five hours later, unharmed.
DA John Hummel turned the case over to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, in June, "I can't investigate my own staff, of course, and the Attorney General conducted a thorough investigation and decided that the facts and the law were insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed, so she's not charging McIver." All charges against McIver have now been dropped.
Hummel says McIver will live with this momentary lapse forever, but is relieved it wasn't a much greater tragedy, "Just one moment of inattention could have catastrophic results, so that should be the top line story here is that the child is healthy, and 100% fine; that's the most important aspect of this whole incident."
McIver was on administrative leave during the investigation and returns to work Thursday, "He's one of my top Deputy District Attorneys," Hummel tells KBND News, "And he wants to start working hard again for the residents of Deschutes County, to keep them safe."
If he had been charged, Hummel says McIver could have faced a year in jail for misdemeanor child neglect.