Deputies: Woman taped boy's soap-full mouth shut, burned hands with bleach

Woman charged with child abuse
Posted at 8:30 AM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-07 08:30:00-04

A Tennessee woman is behind bars after police say she filled a young boy's mouth with dish soap then taped it shut.

32-year-old Amy Oliver of Dayton, Tennessee was booked at the Rhea County Sheriff's. She's charged with felony reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse and neglect. 

Oliver also faces additional charges of unlawful drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance (meth). Both are misdemeanor charges.

Rhea County Sheriff's Department Investigator Ricky Potter says a man called police July 31 after arriving at Oliver's home near Dayton to pick up his child and seeing another child wrapped in clear packing tape and struggling to breathe.

Potter says the tape was gone when officers arrived, but a sticky substance was still on the boy's skin. Deputies say the boy is doing well.

According to an affidavit obtained by WTVC in Chattanooga, police say they  saw creases on the child's face and several blisters and burn marks on his fingers.

The affidavit says the child told the officer the burns on his hands were from being forced to put them in a bucket of bleach.. The boy said his mother made him do that the previous day.

The child was taken to Rhea Medical Center.

Oliver is behind bars on a $400,000 bond.