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Mesa Daycare Worker Booked for Child Abuse

There are times when those we trust to care for our children not only fall short in their duties, but actually abuse or mistreat our children and violate our trust.  Unfortunately, instances of caregivers violating our trust happen frequently as illustrated by a recent case in a Mesa daycare.

Mesa Police Department officers responded to a claim of abuse at a daycare in Mesa.  According to police, someone called the department to report possible mistreatment of children at Cholla Montessori Childcare.

When officers arrived at the daycare located near University Drive and Gilbert Road, they found one child wrapped tightly in a blanket with her right arm behind her back to restrict all movement.  The two-year-old girl was unhurt, but was hot and sweaty from being restrained so tightly in the blanket.

Detective Steve Berry said that “detectives did find a 2-year-old girl who was restrained physically in a sleeping area, she was not able to move about.”

Police interviewed employees, identified the suspect and then arrested her for mistreatment of the two-year-old.  Lauren Miller, 21, was booked on suspicion of child abuse and unlawful imprisonment.

A former co-worker of Miller, Bailey Turley, who is no longer an employee of the daycare, said that she tried to untie the knot in the blanket, and it was so tight she could barely do so.

Turley also said that Miller had been tying up not only the children she supervises, but restraining other children as well so there was no movement during naptimes.

Miller admitted to police that she did restrain the child in the blanket so the girl would not disturb other children during naps, but she did not feel that restraining the child was wrong.  She was arraigned on Friday, October 18, held on $2,700 bond, and is due back in court on October 24.

Cholla Montessori Childcare’s owner is cooperating with police and said that she was unaware of the alleged mistreatment by Miller.

If your child has been abused or mistreated while under the care of a trusted guardian, an experienced Arizona child negligence attorney will hold these adults accountable for their actions.  Many times when abuse happens, the only witnesses to the abuse are the child and the care giver.  It takes an aggressive, competent child injury attorney to investigate the case and navigate the complexities of daycare abuse to assist you in obtaining the justice for you and your child.

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