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Mesa preschool worker pleads not guilty to abuse

MESA, Ariz. — An employee at a Mesa preschool accused of abuse after
police found a 2-year-old girl restrained in a sleeping area has pleaded not
guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 22-year-old Lauren Miller entered her plea
Monday. Her next court date is Dec. 18.

Miller was arrested Oct. 17 on suspicion of two counts of child abuse and two
counts of unlawful imprisonment.

She’s suspected of wrapping the child in a blanket and tying the ends of the
cloth so tightly that the child couldn’t move.

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

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

The facility is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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