Carmel day care provider in court over baby death

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The owner of an unlicensed day care was in court Tuesday after an infant died under her care.

The baby died last month of sudden infant death syndrome at Stacey Cox Child Care on West Main Street in Carmel.

The state ordered Cox to stop caring for children until today's hearing. Tuesday's court appearance may determine what charges Cox will face in the wake of the allegations.

Cox and the State of Indiana agreed to extend the temporary restraining order indefinitely until a future hearing.

The attorney general's office says the unlicensed day care was found to be operating illegally on four occasions since October.

The facility had been under investigation since last October for a number of violations, including leaving a bottle of bleach and running space heaters in reach of young children, leaving children unattended in the basement and operating without a license.

You can operate an in-home daycare in Indiana without a license, but only if you're keeping five or fewer unrelated children. Eyewitness News found on Cox's website that she was keeping 11 children and advertising openings for more.