Woman accused of giving children drugs at day care goes to court

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 24, 2014) – The Indianapolis woman accused of giving drugs to children in her care had her initial hearing Monday.

Stephanie Gribble court

Stephanie Gribble appears in court Monday

Stephanie Gribble faces several charges of neglect of a dependent after four children who had been in her care ended up in the hospital.

The state entered an automatic not guilty plea on Gribble’s behalf and the judge assigned her a public defender. Gribble has been in jail since her arrest February 14 because she can’t pay her bond. A bond hearing is now set for Wednesday, February 26th at 9:30 a.m.

Investigators believe Gribble gave the children, an 11-month-old, a 2-year-old and two 5-year-olds, a combination of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

According to court documents, all four children arrived at area hospitals separately with symptoms an overdose: fatigue, slurred speech, slowed motor skills, drooling and confusion. One child was unconscious.

The children had all been in Gribble’s care at the Stay and Play day care on the east side earlier that day. She faces six counts of neglect of a dependent.

The Family and Social Services Administration ordered Gribble to shut down the Stay and Play because it was unlicensed. FOX59 learned Gribble operated other illegal daycares in other areas in the past.