Originally Published: September 12, 2011 6:36 p.m.
COTTONWOOD - A woman whom a Sheriff's Office spokesman said was in the process of taping her child's mouth shut and wrists together with packing tape was arrested Thursday and charged with one count each of child abuse per domestic violence and intentional child abuse.
A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy said he saw Samantha Lyons, 42, wrapping clear packing tape around the wrists of a 7-year-old child as he sat in the rear passenger seat of an SUV. The deputy saw that she had already taped the child's mouth shut by wrapping the tape all he way around his head. He was crying, but could not talk.
Another woman was sitting on the front passenger side, shouting at Lyons to stop using the tape, said YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.
When Lyons finished, she told her son to be quiet and shut the door, said D'Evelyn. She turned around and saw the deputy watching, then started to cry, saying she was trying to quiet her son.
A second child in the SUV was already pulling the tape off the boy's wrists and the deputy unwrapped the tape from his head.
Both Lyons and the other woman became confrontational, D'Evelyn said, telling the deputy the boy was yelling and would not be quiet.
The deputy checked the boy for marks or bruising and found none. He explained to Lyons that, if the child had been unable to breathe through his nose while his mouth was taped shut, he could have suffocated.
Lyons apologized for her actions, D'Evelyn said, telling the deputy she just "got frustrated."
She was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde but has since been released on bond.