Woman accused of running unlicensed daycare where child died heads to court

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Update: The scheduled hearing has been pushed back after a judge granted a continuance.

Previous story: The woman accused of running an unlicensed daycare in Carmel will be in Hamilton County Civil Court Wednesday.

A representative from the Attorney General’s office will likely seek a permanent injunction and possible financial penalties against Stacey Cox.

Cox and her daughter, Kristen Phillips, are accused of operating a daycare without a license even after warnings from the State. It’s against the law in Indiana to care for five or more children without a daycare license.

On January 24, while Cox and Phillips were working, 5-month-old Conor Tilson was found not breathing in a broken crib. The infant was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to court documents, Cox and Phillips both tested positive for marijuana that same day.

Ten days later, on a follow up visit, investigators found Cox was continuing to run her daycare with more than five children in her care and without a license. The state shut down the daycare under a cease and desist order.

Cox could face up to $100 in penalties for each day she ran the daycare illegally. She is expected to appear in court at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

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