Mother, daughter charged in death of 5-month-old

By The Associated Press

CARMEL — The owner of a day care center in an upscale Indianapolis suburb and her daughter have been arrested on preliminary charges of reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 5-month-old who was found in a broken portable crib in a room with no baby monitor.

Stacey Cox, 43, and Kirsten Phillips, 22, are also charged with felony neglect of a dependent in Conor Tilson’s death at Stacey Cox Daycare in Carmel, The Indianapolis Star reports. Cox also faces misdemeanor charges of deception, operating a childcare home without a license and unlicensed practice of nursing.

It was not known whether the two had attorneys because their cases were not listed in online court records. Both were being held Friday in the Hamilton County Jail and are expected to make their initial court appearances Monday.

According to probable cause affidavits, the child was found in a portable crib with a broken base.

“Vomit, and an indentation in the blankets consistent with an infant’s shape and size were over the broken base, so that there was no support for an infant in the portable crib,” the affidavit states.
“The place where five-month-old Conor Liam Tilson had been put down was concave as a pocket.”

An autopsy listed the cause of death as “sudden unexpected infant death” with a contributing factor of “unsafe sleep environment on broken (bed).”

Police say Cox told them she found the baby “stiff and cool to the touch” around 3 p.m. Jan. 24 and called 911. But an investigation indicated she first called her daughter and “spoke with her for 86 seconds” before calling 911.

Despite telling parents and police she knew CPR, police say the 911 operator had to “talk her through CPR” until medics arrived.

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