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Former Washington County foster parents jailed on drug charges

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Darren Durham and Dawnyle White booking photos (Washington County Sheriff's Office) Darren Durham and Dawnyle White booking photos (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
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Two former Department of Human Services foster parents are in jail in Washington County facing charges including mistreatment, methamphetamine possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

A grand jury indicted Dawnyle White and Darren Durham earlier this month, with deputies arresting them six days later. Their four adopted children were removed from the home in February, according to DHS.

White and Durham were certified foster care providers for the DHS between 2001 and 2013, fostering over 50 children in that time.

Neighbors of the rural Forest Grove couple told Fox 12 the arrests didn't come as a surprise and the couple struggled with drugs.

"Things went downhill fast, they just went downhill fast," said next-door neighbor Rebecca Cohoon, who said Dawnyle admitted to her she had drug problems. "She goes, 'Yeah, I was addicted, I got hooked on drugs,' and was very open and honest with me about it....She was pretty hooked, but I'm not sure if it was meth or heroin or what it was."

"We found needles over here on the corner where our kids play," said fellow neighbor Donnie Long, who said he saw evidence the couple not only did drugs, but dealt them. "I'm just glad the kids are safe now."

Both Durham and White face charges of delivery and application of controlled substances to a minor.

Court records show they're accused of forcing one of their children to take Percocet against her will and withheld medical care from another.

The Department of Human Services issued a statement on the arrest, stating the department would work with other foster children to see if they were endangered by the couple. DHS Director Clyde Saiki is asking for a review of the case along with an HR review into the matter.

White is being held on $150,000 bond and faces charges of criminal mistreatment in the first degree, delivery of a scheduled II controlled substance to a minor, possession of methamphetamine, causing a minor to ingest a controlled substance and applying a scheduled II controlled substance to a minor.

Durham’s bond is $110,000, and he faces charges of criminal mistreatment in the first degree, delivery of a scheduled II controlled substance to a minor, applying a schedule II controlled substance to a minor, causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.

Both are being held in the Washington County Jail.

Investigators are asking anyone that knows of any possible abuse of the children to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503- 846-2500.

"My hope is that mom and dad get cleaned up and that things are reconciled," Cohoon said, adding that the couple were good neighbors. "That's my hope."

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