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2-year-old dies after being bound with tape in day care

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

On May 19, 2007 a Tulsa, Oklahoma day care worker was being held without bail Saturday in the death of a 2-year-old boy whose hands were bound and his mouth covered with masking tape, police said. The boy, who had been on life support, died on May 24th.

Vicki Leigh Chiles was being held on a charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. She was the only worker at the facility at the time, caring for eight children.

Chiles told police the boy would not be quiet for nap time, so she used tape to silence him, an arrest report states.

The police report says Chiles told investigators she left the boy unattended for a few minutes and came back to find him lying on the floor unresponsive.. She said she called for an ambulance and tried to perform CPR.

The state agency that oversees child day care operators was investigating Chiles' business, said Mary Leaver, an agency spokeswoman.