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article image2-Year Old Dies After Being Bound With Tape At Daycare

By malan     May 19, 2007 in Crime
Daycare worker says she bound the boys hands and mouth with masking tape because he would not settle down for a nap.
TULSA, Okla. — Robert Minton was shocked when he saw paramedics at the residence where his two children were being cared for. He quickly learned that they were attempting to revive his 2-year old son who was unresponsive at the time.
Minton was frightened that his son had been in an accident or had fallen ill but was unprepared to learn that his son was actually the victim of horrible abuse and negligence by the day care worker, Vickie Leigh Chiles had bound the boys hands and mouth with masking tape because he would not settle down for a nap.
The boy was placed on life support and died later that evening as a result of the mistreatment.
The boy's mother Kathryn Minton said she and her husband were able to stay with their son in the hospital until he died.
"You could see the bruising (on his face) where the tape had been," Robert Minton said.
The 42 year old daycare worker (who had also accused of hitting a child with a flyswatter in April) told the police that the boy, Joshua would not settle down for nap time so she used masking tape to bind his hands and cover his mouth to ensure that he became quiet. She then left the boy unattended and found him to be unresponsive when she returned to him. She said she took the tape off of him and called an ambulance.
The paramedics were joined on the scene by Oklahoma Department of Human Services who gave an emergency order that stops Chiles from being a child-care provider. Chiles was also charged with felony abusing a minor child.
George Johnson Jr., a spokesman for DHS said
"The emergency order was issued the morning after the felony was filed," Johnson said. "Two DHS workers went to execute the emergency order to cease operations immediately (on Thursday). They were going to stay until the facility was completely closed down."
The parents said that they did check with DHS and did background checks on the facility and even talked to others that had their children being taken care of there and nothing looked unprofessional or suspicious.
"You had no right to take him from us," Kathryn Minton said. "That's all I can say to her (Chiles). You had no right."
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