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Evergreen president asks for mercy, grace for Roseburg mother

Dr. Timothy Powell is asking the community to show love and support for the family during this time, and hopes the District Attorney will take mercy on her.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 6:37 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A social media post by the president of Evergreen Family Medicine has gone viral locally, calling for grace and mercy for a Roseburg mother who is accused of leaving her daughter in a hot car all day, ending in the child's death.

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Just last week, Evergreen President Dr. Timothy Powell said Nicole Engler and her family have been through enough.

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Saturday Powell posted a letter he wrote on Facebook.

He said he just wanted to share her story and ask the community to support Engler and her family during this time.

“If you would’ve asked Nicole on Wednesday night before this Thursday event if this could ever happen, she would say, ‘Oh, no, I would never do that to my baby,’” Powell said.

Powell said it’s for that reason, and seeing the love Engler has for her daughter Remington, that he knows this was nothing but a tragic accident. It’s also why he wrote the letter.

“I wanted to get Nicole’s story out. I wanted to retain the humanity of this," Powell said. 

The letter discusses what Nicole has felt since last Thursday, how her family and Evergreen Family Medicine have been feeling, and a call to action for the community and the District Attorney for grace and mercy.

“The District Attorney, I need to say this, is a good man. He has a job to do -- I so understand that,” Powell said. “And yet, he’s not a slave to the law. As critical as his conviction rate is his discretion in whom he chooses to prosecute.”

What Powell asks from the public right now are letters for the family showing love and support during this time.

“I want it to be physical notes. I want her to feel it,” Powell said. “I don’t want her to just read it on an electronic medium. I want her to feel the love in those words and pages.”

You can send or deliver those letters to Evergreen Family Medicine in Roseburg.

Powell also said they have set up a fund for the Engler family at Umpqua Bank.

An employee with the Wildlife Safari in Winston have also said that Engler requested that any donations people wanted to make in her daughter Remington’s name be made to the Wildlife Safari.

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