OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Court documents are providing more information about the death of a young child in Oklahoma City.
On June 21, Oklahoma City police were called to a home in the 600 block of S.W. 151st for a trouble unknown call.
When officers arrived at the scene, they made contact with a man who said he found his 3-year-old granddaughter inside a trash can in the backyard of the home.
According to the probable cause affidavit, officers looked inside the trash can and found the dead body of a young child in a state of decay.
The child’s grandfather told detectives that 60-year-old Becky Ann Vreeland told him that an accident had occurred and she found 3-year-old Riley Nolan in the trash can.
Vreeland claimed that she found Riley on June 18 but didn’t call police or report her death to anyone.
According to the affidavit, Vreeland said she and her three grandchildren were cleaning up a mess after maggots were found in the kitchen cabinet. Vreeland said after they ate dinner, they all went to bed.
Vreeland said when she woke up the next morning, she realized Riley wasn’t in her bed. Vreeland said that she went into the backyard and saw that the lid to the trash can was closed.
“Vreeland advised she had placed toys inside the trash can the night before and she had left the lid open,” the affidavit stated.
She told detectives that she saw a five-to six-foot tall ladder beside the trash can, which had not been there the night before.
“Vreeland advised she looked inside the trash can and saw Riley’s feet sticking out of the toys and Riley’s head was below the toys. Vreeland advised she felt Riley’s feet, she could tell Riley was not alive. Vreeland advised she left Riley in the trash can because she was so upset and she did not want to tell her son about Riley’s death, until he had been released from jail, and had been able to have Father’s Day with the other kids,” the affidavit stated.
However, two other children in the home told a different story.
One of the children told detectives that they saw Riley the next morning in her bed, but said she wouldn’t wake up.
“Both siblings advised they observed Riley to have a purple eye (bruise) on her forehead,” the affidavit stated.
When detectives searched the home, the report states that they found bloodstains in two separate areas of the house.
During a preliminary exam of the victim, the medical examiner found three separate skull fractures on the victim that were “not consistent with a fall.”
As a result, Vreeland was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and child neglect.