Case closed: Second Carmel daycare worker sentenced in case of infant’s death
The second of two daycare workers charged in the 2013 death of a 5-month-old child at an unlicensed Carmel daycare was sentenced to almost 2½ years in prison and another 2½ years on probation July 8.
Kirsten Phillips, 23, was found guilty June 5 on felony counts of reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter. A felony charge of neglect of a dependent had been previously dismissed.
Phillips’s mother, Stacey Cox, 43, was sentenced to 425 days in prison in November after being convicted by a jury of involuntary manslaughter and two misdemeanor charges for deception and operation of a child care home without a license, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.
After Cox serves her prison time, she still faces a year of work release, six months of probation and 30 hours of community service, the prosecutor’s office said.
The two will be prohibited from being employed, volunteering or otherwise working in a position involving the supervision or care of any other person, the prosecutor’s office said.
Cox and Phillips, both Carmel residents at the time, were arrested as a result of the Jan. 24, 2013 death of 5-month-old Conor Tilson at an in-home daycare that Cox operated at 421 W. Main St.
Carmel police began investigating the death of the child and discovered the daycare was operating in violation of a cease and desist order given in October 2012 by the Attorney General’s Office.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a legal action Feb. 14, 2013 in Hamilton County Circuit Court to permanently close the daycare.
According to the motion and complaint, the infant was found not breathing in a broken collapsible crib, and Cox and Phillips, who were supposed to be watching the infant, underwent a drug screen later that day and tested positive for marijuana use.