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Mother of 3 Young Kids Abandoned in Shed Located

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Three small children -- all apparently 3 years old or younger were found abandoned Thursday among a group of homeless people in Portland, Oregon.

On Friday, police released a brief statement about noon, saying, "The mother of the missing children has been located, and we thank everyone who helped with information. We do not need need any additional tips."

Authorities did not offer more details, including whether charges will be filed in the case.

The investigation began with a 911 call, placed around 9:25 a.m. Thursday, about a man who'd heard children's voices apparently emanating from a shed behind his house in East Portland.

Police officers arrived and found the "vacant residence" where the sounds had come from.

There they talked to "a number of homeless people on the premises" and discovered the three children.

Homeless people told police that a woman, believed to be the children's mother, had abandoned them the night before.

Anyone who has information about the children is asked to contact the DHS Child Abuse Hotline, 24/7, at 503-731-3100.

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