- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A Mesa preschool employee accused of child abuse after police found a 2-year-old girl restrained in a sleeping area has been sentenced to eight months in the Maricopa County jail.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Lauren Miller also was sentenced Friday to lifetime supervised probation. She’ll begin serving her jail term Nov. 8.

Miller pleaded guilty in August to three counts of child abuse.

She was arrested in October 2013 on suspicion of two counts of child abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment and pleaded not guilty.

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.

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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