CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Two women are behind bars in Hamilton County, charged in the death of a five-month-old boy in their home daycare.
43-year-old Stacey Denise Cox and 22-year-old Kirsten Leigh Phillips are facing a slew of charges after Conor Tilson was allegedly left unsupervised and died in January.
Children are no longer kept at 421 West Main Street in Carmel - the former Stacey Cox Daycare.
The owner, Stacey Cox, and her daughter Kirsten Phillips are no longer there either. Friday, they were arrested.
Their home, for now, is the Hamilton County Jail.
"Not every tragedy, not every mistake, is a crime but at the end of the day on balance we believe that crimes were committed," said Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, Andre Miksha.
This tragedy happened back in January. According to authorities, five-month-old Conor Tilson was one of nine children at the unlicensed daycare; too many under state law.
Phillips allegedly put Conor down unsupervised, in a broken pack and play, and left for lunch.
"The base of the pack and play was broken and, instead of having any support where his head was, there were some blankets stuffed there as opposed to all of the warnings placed in the pack and play of don't put bedding in, don't put blankets in, don't use if it's broken," said Miksha.
Cox later found him stiff and cool. Police say she called Phillips first, for 86 seconds, before ever calling 911.
The Attorney General's office said Cox and Phillips tested positive for marijuana the day Conor died, but Miksha wouldn't comment on that.
The prosecutor says beyond murder the charges Cox and Phillips are facing are some of the most serious felonies; neglect of a dependent resulting in death, reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
In addition, Cox is facing charges of deception, operating a child care home without a license, and unlicensed practice of nursing.
Prosecutors claim the women didn't do their job and caused Connor's death. They're now doing theirs to make sure justice is served.
"Our law and certainly our society take our children as our most precious resource and so our laws reflect that," said Miksha.
Cox and Phillips are being held in the Hamilton County Jail on approximately $70,000 dollar bonds.
Their first hearing will most likely come Monday.
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