Unlicensed operator tied to infant death probe says it was a dream to own daycare

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The owner and operator of an unlicensed home daycare in Carmel, Ind. said it has always been a dream to care for children and open up her own daycare.

A biography of Stacey Cox on her daycare’s official website states she worked as a nurse, before leaving her career to focus on caring for children.

An emergency restraining order was filed against Cox, requiring the daycare to cease operation.  The motion comes after the death of a 5-month-old infant, who was found unresponsive in a broken, collapsible crib on Jan. 24.

Later that day, Cox and her daughter/co-worker, Kirsten Phillips, underwent a drug screen and tested positive for marijuana use, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The State alleges Cox operated the daycare illegally and had more than five children in the home daycare.  Other health and safety issues were also cited in the complaint, including sleeping children left unattended in the home’s basement by the caregivers and space heaters and a gallon container of bleach within reach of young children.

According to Cox’s bio, she states she has been a daycare owner since April 2009.

Read her biography in its entirety below:

cox daycare bio

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