State seeks injunction to close daycare after child’s death

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The state of Indiana has ordered a Speedway daycare to “cease and desist” from operating following the death of a child earlier this month.

Indiana’s Division of Family Resources wants a judge to issue an injunction closing the facility after the child’s death, which the state says “was the result of inadequate supervision” by the Miracles and Blessings Daycare Ministry, according to a complaint filed this week in Marion Superior Court.

The filing follows an emergency closure order issued against the daycare facility last week after state inspectors found conditions there posed “an immediate threat to life and well-being of children.”

On April 6, 10-month old Taliah Brigham was found unresponsive in a car seat. According to the court records filed Monday, Brigham was left “unattended while partially restrained in a car seat. The child slipped and her airway was obstructed.” Brigham died the next day, authorities said.

Taliah Brigham (Photo Provided/Randall & Roberts Funeral Home)
Taliah Brigham (Photo Provided/Randall & Roberts Funeral Home)

While no official cause of death has been released, the court documents filed this week paint a clearer picture of what may have led to Brigham’s death. The Marion County Coroner’s Office reported the child was 11 months old, but both authorities and the child’s obituary list her as 10 months old.

When authorities and paramedics arrived on April 6, they discovered one daycare worker performing CPR on the child. Authorities also said there was one worker and 36 children in the facility.

However, the most recent court records filed by the state’s Division of Family Resources note that there were 26 children to one staff member. On April 6, inspectors with the state also found additional problems in need of correction. Among them:

  • Four Miracles and Blessings Daycare staffers did not have criminal histories on file.
  • No thermometer was present in the facility’s refrigerator.
  • Food was not stored in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • Cribs in the nursery were not sanitized.
  • No sanitizing solution was present in the diaper changing station.

Inspectors also noted that the daycare’s managers also failed to notify the Division of Family Resources or the Department of Child Services of the child’s death.

During a follow-up inspection of the daycare facility on April 11, inspectors also found that children were at times “left unsupervised while caregivers attended to other tasks.”

Supplemental documents note that caregiver Jackie Murray left the large room “seven times to exit the room to unlock the door; leaving children with no caregiver in the room during the duration of the visit to the front room.”

I-Team 8 reached out to Miracles and Blessings Daycare, but our phone message was not immediately returned. Previous phone calls and emails to the facility’s owner have also not been returned.

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