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Mother, daughter charged with neglect in baby’s death at Carmel daycare

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CARMEL – Hamilton County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two women in connection with the death of an infant at an unlicensed Carmel daycare.

Stacey Cox and Kristen Phillips are charged with felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death, reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter. In addition, Cox is charged with deception, operating a child car home without a license and unlicensed practice of nursing. The last three counts are misdemeanors.

Carmel police arrested them Friday.

On Jan. 24, 5-month-old Conor Tilson was found not breathing in a broken collapsible crib. The in-home daycare was issued a cease-and-desist order.

Police said Cox and Phillips both tested positive for marijuana later in the day.

Fox 59 learned that the Stacey Cox Child Care Center received several warnings from state investigators that it was illegal to care for more than five children without a state license. Those warnings were ignored as the facility apparently continued to break the rules for at least three months.

The Family and Social Services Administration started investigating in September after receiving complaints about a baby who came home with several bite marks. State investigators found unsafe conditions and more than five children being cared for. That is illegal for an unlicensed daycare.

Stacey Cox and Kristen Phillips

Stacey Cox (left) and Kristen Phillips (right)