A Kansas babysitter who left a dead toddler in a field last year with a police was sentenced to serve 18 months of probation on Wednesday.
Tyerria M. Miles, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with law enforcement, according to Kansas.com. She was babysitting 2-year-old Jhornee Bland when Miles attended an overnight pool party at a hotel. The girl died in her care. Instead of reporting the death, Miles put her body in a car and then left her in a field.
At first, Miles claimed she dropped Bland off with an acquaintance but eventually Miles told police the location of the body. An AMBER Alert was never issued, according to KSN. The coroner’s office was unable to determine how the toddler died.
The 18-month probationary term usually carries underlying prison sentence of 11 months but Miles won’t serve any jail time as long as she follows the rules: she has to get her GED, pay $350 in attorney’s fees and avoid contact with Bland's fafmily, according to Kansans.com. Miles is currently a stay-at-home mother.
Jackquailine Hardin, Bland’s mother, told District Judge Jeff Dewey, “Probation is not what I want. Period.” She still wants answers about her child’s death.
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