Stacey Cox found guilty in child’s daycare death

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Stacey Cox

Stacey Cox

The woman who ran a Carmel daycare where a 5-month-old child was found dead in January has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The jury in the case returned a verdict at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and found Stacey Cox guilty of the felony charge 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.

The jury found her not-guilty of the charges of reckless homicide, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and unlicensed practice of nursing, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The 43-year-old Stacey Cox and 22-year-old Kirsten Phillips, both of Carmel, were arrested as a result of the Jan. 24 death of a 5-month-old baby at an in-home daycare that Cox operated.

On Jan. 24, the 5-month-old child was found unresponsive in a home daycare operated by Cox and her daughter Phillips. 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.

Cox will be sentenced on the three counts at 10 a.m. Nov. 26. She could face between six months to 4½ years in jail.


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