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Kyla Duncan is held in Jackson County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Child safe after alleged murder-suicide attempt

A child was hospitalized and a Rogue River woman is in jail after an incident police say was a murder-suicide attempt.

Kyla Kathleen Duncan, 49, was arrested Friday on two felony counts of attempted murder after allegedly attempting to poison herself and a child in with carbon monoxide, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Office release.

A child has been released to family members Friday after receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. The child's identity, age and relationship to Duncan — if any — have not yet been released.

Sheriff’s Deputy Noah Strohmeyer said that investigators are just starting to piece together what happened.

“The investigation has a long way to go,” Strohmeyer said.

At just after 10 a.m., Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon got a call of a woman attempting to commit suicide in a vehicle in the 7000 block of Pleasant Creek Road.

The caller witnessed a “young child” in the vehicle with Duncan, who allegedly fled the scene — leading to a search involving sheriff’s deputies, Oregon State Police and Rogue River police.

It’s not immediately known when or where they found Duncan Friday.

Duncan is lodged in Jackson County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show that Duncan has a prior arson conviction stemming from a March 2006 incident in the 3500 block of Dodson Road in Medford, in which she was ordered to repay damages in the six figures. She has paid $8,967 of a $346,628 restitution judgment.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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