INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis day care operator accused of drugging children made her first appearance in court on Monday.
Stephanie Gribble, 37, made little eye contact as Marion County deputies rushed her to face a judge Monday morning. Gribble is facing six counts of neglecting a dependent, which carries a Class D felony.
24-Hour News 8 discovered six more parents filed police reports against the home child care provider. After watching the news, a woman filed a report, telling police her daughter attended the day care in 2008 and 2009. The woman told police she removed her daughter from the day care because she suspected Gribble may have been drugging her daughter.
Kristina Korobov, with Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, did not reveal if Gribble will face more charges in the coming days.
“We consider this to be an ongoing investigation,” Korobov said. “There is always the potential for more (charges).”
Another parent told police they didn’t trust Gribble to care for their 9-month-old son after he developed symptoms of being out of it. Those parents pulled their child from the day care in October.
A woman who would only identify herself as a grandmother of one of the victim’s rushed out of court shortly after Gribble’s initial hearing was over.
“We trusted her,” said the teary-eyed woman as she caught an awaiting elevator.
Gribble’s bond has been set at $40,000. A bond review hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26. A jury trial has been set for April 21. Police are asking any parents who believe their child may have been victimized by Gribble to call police. Gribble has declined all requests for an interview.