Day care worker facing prison in baby's death
A woman is facing possibly years in prison after being convicted of criminal charges in the death of a five-month-old boy at a suburban Indianapolis day care.
A Hamilton County jury found Kirsten Phillips of Avon guilty of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide charges in the January 2013 death of Conor Tilson at an unlicensed day care in Carmel. Authorities say Conor was placed in a broken crib in a room with no adults and no baby monitor.
Phillips faces two years to eight years in prison when she's sentenced on July 8th.
Phillips worked at the daycare with her mother, Stacey Cox, who was sentenced in November 2013.
According to police, the baby was found in a broken Pack and Play and had been sleeping unsupervised for several hours. Police also say that Cox was operating her day care in violation of a cease and desist order from the state issued in October 2012.
Police say there was no baby monitor or smoke detector in the room where the baby died. Inside the Pack and Play, there was a large blanket, a quilt, a container of baby wipes and clean diapers. The presence of those items runs contrary to warnings on the product not to place soft bedding inside.
Police also noticed that the removable base of the crib was broken so that there was no support for a sleeping infant. The officer reported that the place where the baby had been put down was "concave as a pocket." Warnings on the product say not to use it if it has broken parts. Police also believe that the blankets were used "in an unsafe effort to mitigate that damage."
Both Cox and Phillips told police they believed the baby was capable of rolling over. Phillips told officers that she was aware the Pack and Play was broken, and had been for "a while." Cox said she didn't know that it was broken.
Phillips left the home at 12:20 pm that day, according to surveillance video. At around 3:00 pm, Cox told police she checked on the baby and realized he wasn't breathing. But instead of calling 911 first, cell phone records show she called Phillips first and spoke to her for 86 seconds before calling 911.