CHP officer saves child, 4, from woman who was trying to drown him in Yuba County canal

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. — Authorities say a woman who was found attempting to drown a 4-year-old boy in a muddy drainage ditch was saved by a CHP officer who had responded to reports of a vehicle blocking a rural Yuba County roadway Tuesday evening, Dec. 7.

The violent and disturbing incident, which led to the arrest of an Oregon House woman, happened on Woodruff Lane east of Armstrong Road, about an hour north of Sacramento.


UPDATE: Work to recover human remains found at future Redding Costco site to continue today

Near collision with deputy leads to seizure of meth, cocaine, pain pills, $10,000 cash – Shasta Lake woman arrested

Oregon men identified after bodies found in Oak Run – Double murder investigation continuing

K-9 sniffs out suspect after Anderson burglary leads to chase, hit and run crash

Anderson Walmart theft leads to local man’s arrest

A California Highway Patrol – Yuba-Sutter officer was dispatched to the area around 6:30 p.m. after receiving the report of a van blocking the roadway, CHP has since reported.

When the officer arrived, he found a 2005 Dodge Caravan blocking the west lane of Woodruff Lane and began checking the vehicle for occupants. 

Taylor Green, 31, of Oregon House, was arrested after she was caught attempting to drown a 4-year-old child in this Yuba County irrigation and drainage canal.

While the officer was checking the van he heard screaming from about 100 yards to the west near a canal, according to CHP. Heading to the area where the screaming could be heard, the officer spotted 31-year-old Taylor Delaine Green “acting irrationally” in the tall weeds of the irrigation canal, CHP explained.

As the officer got closer to Green, he realized she was forcefully holding a young boy face down in a muddy embankment and was attempting to smother him.

As the officer rushed in to save the young victim, Green reportedly resisted his efforts and went further into the water with the child while continuing her attempts to drown the boy in about five feet of water.

Despite the woman’s resistance, the officer managed to wrestle the child from her and attempted to exit the canal with the boy, but she continued to fight with the officer.

During the ensuing struggle for control of the victim, Green reportedly made several attempts to grab the child back while also attempting to remove the officer’s gun from its holster. She is also alleged to have tried to drag the officer back into the canal.

Responding to the officer’s radio calls for emergency assistance, multiple CHP officers, Yuba County sheriff’s deputies, Maryville Police officers, and other emergency personnel began arriving at the scene; at which time the CHP officer managed to safely hand off the boy to a Yuba County sheriff’s sergeant.

Green was then taken into custody without further incident, according to CHP. A subsequent booking photo taken within hours of her arrest appeared to show mud from the canal splashed across her face and clothing, and her hair appeared to still be wet and drying from the canal’s water.

It was not immediately known how or if Green was related to the child or if the boy sustained serious injuries during the attempted drowning.

Green was later booked into the Yuba County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, resisting arrest, attempting to take an officer’s firearm, felony child endangerment, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Online jail records indicate she remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail or bond.

Contact the writer: [email protected]

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.