Indianapolis daycare owner arrested after children hospitalized
An Indianapolis daycare owner faces neglect charges after four children in her care were admitted to the hospital for a suspected drug overdose.
Indianapolis Metro Police arrested 37-year-old Stephanie Gribble. She was running the "Stay and Play" daycare out of a home in the 9400 block of Gemini Drive on the city's far east side.
The children are from three different families and all attend her daycare, according to police. They include an 11-month-old infant, a two-year-old and two five-year-olds.
Eyewitness News has learned that the Family and Social Services Administration filed a cease and desist order against Gribble. State officials say they confirmed with law enforcement that she was operating a day care illegally at the home on Gemini Drive.
The agency says it's taken action against Gribble for operating illegally at various locations and multiple times dating back to 2008.
According to police, all of the children displayed the same symptoms of lethargy, difficulty walking, unresponsiveness, drooling, tongue hanging out and staring into space.
Police say based on medical evidence, statements and items seized during a search warrant execution, it's believed the children were given a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medication at the daycare on February 12, 2014.
Angela Borrego learned of the arrest when she dropped her son off at daycare.
"Shocked. Absolutely," she said. "She is just not the type of woman that would neglect any of the kids that are there."
Blair Hill also learned of the sick kids while dropping his son off Friday morning.
"I just hope everything works out for the family. I hope those kids pull through. It's shocking. I can't believe it, to be honest," Hill said.
Neighbors say they're also surprised at the arrest.
"She seems like a nice gal. But obviously, for the kids, whatever was going on was wrong," said Phillip Armstrong.