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Woman reported missing was exonerated from murder charge

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

As it turns out, a woman who was reported missing and possibly in danger early Saturday morning was acquitted earlier this year for the murder of her son in Lane County.

Yesterday morning Portland Police sent out a media alert reporting the disappearance of 25-year-old Angelica May Swartout after she and a friend decided to take a ride home from a stranger downtown.

According to the friend, while heading to Swartout's home in northeast Portland, Swartout had passed out in the back seat of the car. In trying to find Swartout's home, the friend got out of the car to take a better look at the street signs.

That's when the car sped away with Swartout still asleep in the back seat.  The friend called police.

Later in the morning police say a postal carrier found Swartout sleeping on the front porch of a home in the 1000 block of Northeast Stafford Street.  She was  transported to a Portland hospital to be checked for hypothermia, but was otherwise unharmed.

Portland Police later confirmed that this was the same Angelica Swartout who made headlines when she was arrested for murder in the death of her son in Springfield. 

She was accused of killing the child the day he was born outside of a medical facility, and then hiding his body in a dumpster at a Springfield business.  

Swartout was acquitted of the murder by a jury in June.

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