Lost & Found: Mother of Baby Bradley Speaks Out

Katelin Thomas, the mother of Bradley Micheal Thomas, speaks out for the first time since being released from the hospital after the disappearance and frantic search for her son in the woods south of Bend on May 10.

Thomas’ former boyfriend and the father of Bradley, Brandon Blouin, is still in custody at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of criminal mistreatment, custodial interference, child neglect, endangering a minor and abandoning a child – all connected to Bradley’s disappearance earlier this month.

According to Thomas she left her home in West Virginia with Blouin after he showed up while she was out with Bradley, despite a protection order that was meant to keep Blouin away from his son. Thomas said she only went with Blouin because he threatened her family and Bradley if she didn’t go with him.

Thomas said she made efforts to take Bradley and leave Blouin as they traveled across the U.S. In the early morning hours of May 10, Thomas said Blouin forced her from the vehicle they were sleeping in and said he would hurt Bradley if she didn’t go. Thomas made her way to a nearby property off China Hat Road in Bend. The property owners called 911 and Thomas was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a number of injuries including broken ribs, two partially collapsed lungs, injuries to her throat, and injuries to her feet and legs from running through the woods.

Thomas alleges that she told Sheriff’s deputies about Bradley, and when deputies found Blouin, he told them he’d set the baby down near a fence. Baby Bradley was found, naked and cold, but mostly unharmed a mile from Blouin’s vehicle.

Now Katelin and her mom, Melissa Jordan, are hoping to take Bradley home. Jordan was awarded custody of the 1-year-old Bradley just before he and Thomas went missing. Bradley is currently in a foster home in Central Oregon and the family is awaiting a custody hearing scheduled for early next week.

SELCO Community Credit Union has established a fund to help pay for the family’s expenses. Please donate at any Selco location: Account #618555.

Simply Organic: First Friday Art Walk

Central Oregon Daily’s Chris Biggs sits down with Mindy Aisling, executive director of the Downtown Business Association, and Ken Roth, co-owner of the Peterson Roth Gallery, to chat with them about a staple of the Bend art scene – the monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Food And Farm Directory

Jess Weiland from the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance stopped by to give Central Oregon Daily a preview of this year’s Food and Farm Directory, which will be available starting May 4.

Meet the New Sunriver Chiefs

After a candidates’ forum in Sunriver on Tuesday, during which community members were able to meet the final candidates for the positions of Police Chief and Fire Chief, the Sunriver Service District Board extended conditional offers to Bend Police Captain Cory Darling and Redmond Fire Chief Tim Moor.

Darling has served as the interim Police Chief for the Sunriver Police Department since the previous chief, Mark Mills, was placed on administrative leave earlier in the year and eventually resigned from his position.

Moor has been the Redmond Fire Chief since 2006, and has served his entire 30-year career with the Redmond Fire Department.