A 60-year-old woman has been arrested after the body of her three-year-old granddaughter was found in a bin outside her home.
Grandmother Becky Ann Vreeland has been charged with first degree murder and child neglect and is currently being held in Cleveland County Jail.
Following a panicked 911 call from inside the house, police rushed to the woman’s home in Oklahoma City, where two other children were also present.
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There they found the body of three-year-old Riley Nolan in a trash can, although it is unclear how the child died.
Staff Sergeant Gary Knight told reporters: “Officers found clear signs of trauma to the child’s body. The child had been dead for at least some time. It hadn’t just happened. »
Vreeland, who was caring for the little girl, was questioned by police before his arrest.
Alarmed residents were surprised to see their neighborhood turned into a crime scene.
Next door neighbor Marsha Brannum said: ‘I wish I had paid more attention to it. I don’t understand because she sounded like a very hardworking grandmother and I could hear her playing with the children in the garden.
Brannum revealed that she spoke with Vreeland just days ago.
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“It’s just overwhelming,” she added. “I see my grandkids and I always tell them ‘don’t be so friendly, you can’t trust anyone,'” she said.
Another resident, Jack Cribbs, told KFOR: “It’s shocking that such a thing is happening. Just what? 200 meters away?
“I keep them in my prayers. I didn’t really know the people. I hate to see something like this happen to a child, or even anyone.
KFOR said police have not disclosed whether the grandmother confessed to involvement in the girl’s death and the investigation is still in its early stages.