Crime & Courts

Baby sitter who left toddler’s body in field charged with interfering

Jhornee Bland was found dead in a field in north Wichita on May 9.
Jhornee Bland was found dead in a field in north Wichita on May 9. Courtesy photo

The woman who placed the body of Wichita toddler Jhornee Bland in a field after she died has been charged with interfering with a police investigation.

The charge against 26-year-old Tyerria M. Miles is a felony, according to court records and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Wichita police have said Miles was baby-sitting the 2-year-old when Jhornee died of unknown causes sometime between 1 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. on May 8. The pair had been at a local motel with other children celebrating a birthday that weekend.

Police have said that after Miles found Jhornee dead, she placed the body in her vehicle and left the girl in a field in the 1900 block of North Hydraulic. Miles told Jhornee’s mother, who called to check on her daughter, that she had dropped the girl off with an acquaintance at a southeast Wichita apartment complex. But a police search there came up empty.

Miles disclosed the location of Jhornee’s body on May 9. The coroner who conducted the autopsy was unable to determine what killed her.

Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah gave details on the death of 2-year-old Jhornee Bland. They believe Bland died between 1 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016. (video by Jaime Green / May 12, 2016)

The district attorney’s office filed the charge – interfering with law enforcement by providing false information concerning a child’s death – against Miles on Oct. 14 and summoned her to court, according to court records. She made her first appearance on Tuesday morning.

Miles is due back in court for her next hearing on Nov. 22. She is being represented by a court-appointed lawyer.

If convicted, Miles could be placed on probation or face seven to 23 months in prison, depending on her prior criminal history.

Around 200 people came to honor 2-year-old Jhornee Bland on Tuesday and support her mother Jackquailine Hardin at a candlelight vigil near the field where the toddler was found Monday. (Video by Fernando Salazar) (May 10, 2016)

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker