Appeals court upholds conviction in Carmel day care baby death

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The Indiana court of appeals upheld the convictions of a Carmel daycare owner after a child died at her house.

The court convicted Stacey Cox of involuntary manslaughter and operating a home day care without a license. She was found not guilty of felony counts of reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent, and misdemeanor unlicensed practice of nursing.

The five-month-old boy, Conor Tilson, died in a broken play pen in January 2013. Deputy Prosecutor Matt Kestian said in closing arguments that Conor suffocated because Cox left him in a broken playpen with an oversized blanket.

Defense attorney Steve Stoesz said Cox didn't know the playpen was broken.

Cox claimed prosecutors did not prove their case, but the appeals court disagreed.