A Mesa pre-school employee who is accused of child abuse has changed her plea. Lauren Miller was arrested on charges of child abuse after police found a 2 year old toddler restrained in a sleeping area.
Last October, Miller was arrested last on suspicion of "two counts of child abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment and pleaded not guilty" to the charges.
Today Azfamily.com reported the Maricopa County prosecutors office say Miller changed her plea and pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse on Thursday.
Miller was accused of "wrapping the girl in a blanket and tying the ends of the cloth so tightly that the toddler couldn't move." Thankfully a co-worker at the Cholla Montessori child-care facility witnessed Miller's actions, took photographs of the girl tied up and sent them to Mesa Police Department.
Authorities state the girl didn't need medical attention and she was turned over to the custody her parents.
Miller's sentencing is scheduled for September 18.
Child abuse and neglect is a growing epidemic in the United States. It's hard to rationalize, but statistics show a child is abused every 10 seconds and 5 children die each day due to violence and neglect. As heartbreaking as it is these statistics are increasing daily.
Learn how to protect your children from abuse by learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is ran by two moms on a mission to end violence towards children.
For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at: http://dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com