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Child Care Facility Shut Down After Death of an Infant

Steve Wagner

According to the Indianapolis Star and RTV6, an unlicensed Carmel childcare facility has been shut down after the death of a 5-month-old infant that occurred on January 24th. Preliminary and permanent injunctions and civil penalties are being brought against the owner-operator of the facility, Stacey Cox, on behalf of the Family and Social Services Administration.

The Attorney General released a statement saying that Stacey Cox and her assistant at the facility (also her daughter) Kirsten Phillips were tested for drugs on the day of the infant’s death, and they both tested positive for marijuana. In addition to the presence of the drugs at the facility, there were several other violations that are considered dangerous and are against FSSA regulations. The infant was found in a broken, collapsible crib, and other children were found sleeping in the basement of the facility, which was unattended. They also found containers of bleach and operating space heaters within reach of the children.

The business website of Stacey Cox Child Care says that she is certified in infant CPR and First Aid as a former nurse, though she left her medical career to pursue her passion of childcare. She states on the site that she has “been in business officially as a proprietorship since April of 2009”. Even though the child care services have been suspended, the website is still fully functional and still advertising that they are accepting applications for three full-time enrollments.

Have you had a child injured or killed by the irresponsibility of a daycare worker? The law offices of Wagner Reese are here to assist you with the financial and emotional burdens that come along with this. Please don’t hesitate to schedule your free consultation so we can give you more information and lay out a plan for how to proceed with your child injury or wrongful death case. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 today.

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