Mom speaks out after day care raided by IMPD


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A local parent is searching for answers after her daughter’s day care became part of an IMPD gang bust Wednesday. Police said they found drugs, guns and cash at the daycare on the 3100 block of Gerrard Avenue.

Lamika Sparks said she was about to drop off her 4-year-old at day care Wednesday at the Brilliant Babies Playschool when she saw the police cars.

“I was just thinking, ‘What the heck is going on right now?’” Sparks said.

Inside, police said they found marijuana, heroin, cocaine a rifle, three handguns and $15,000.

“I was upset,” Sparks said. “I just felt like, what if you took your eyes off the kids for a little bit and they find it and start playing with it?”

Police raided seven other spots and arrested 13 people. The raids happened less than a week after officials said they made a series of arrests in connection with another gang.

According to IMPD Capt. Mike Elder, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s been an increase in gang crimes.

“I don’t know if it’s an uptick, but we’ve had some very good arrests done on gangs. That maybe has brought the publicity up more,” Capt. Elder said.

Sparks said she hasn’t told her daughter why she can’t go back to the daycare, and she doesn’t plan on telling her.

Sometime this fall she’ll be sending her to another day care.

“I would be devastated, hurt if I heard anything happened to her,” Sparks said.

24-Hour-News-8 called the day care and no one answered.

Sparks said she’s made attempts to contact management to find out more about what happened but she hasn’t heard back.

Officials with the Marion County Prosecutor’s office said they anticipate charging decisions to come Monday.

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