Oklahoma woman accused of murdering granddaughter says death was ‘horrific accident’

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An Oklahoma woman accused of murdering her 3-year-old granddaughter says it was a “horrific accident.”

Prosecutors say Becky Vreeland killed Riley Nolan in June and left her body inside a trash bin for several days. Vreeland had temporary custody of her grandchildren while their parents served time in jail.

In a recent interview from the Oklahoma County jail, Vreeland says she kept toys in a trash bin in her backyard and placed a ladder next to the bin so the children could get the toys.

She says Nolan must have fallen inside. Vreeland didn’t notice until she woke up and by then, Nolan was dead.

Vreeland says she didn’t call police because she was concerned that police would take the other children away from her. She says she regrets not calling police, but maintains that she didn’t do anything wrong.

Despite her thoughts, Vreeland claims she plans to plead guilty and hopes to be sentenced to death. She says the state won’t be able to prove she killed her granddaughter, but Vreeland can’t prove that she is innocent.