Mesa preschool employee pleads guilty to abuse

PHOENIX - A Mesa preschool employee accused of child abuse after police found a 2-year-old girl restrained in a sleeping area has changed her plea to guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 22-year-old Lauren Miller pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of child abuse. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 18.

Miller was arrested last October on suspicion of two counts of child abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment and pleaded not guilty.

She was accused of wrapping the girl in a blanket and tying the ends of the cloth so tightly that the toddler couldn't move.

A co-worker at the Cholla Montessori child-care facility took photos of the tied-up girl and sent them to Mesa police.

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Authorities say the toddler didn't need medical attention and was turned over to her parents.

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