Day care where 10-month-old died still operating, despite violations

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (April 8, 2016) -- A Speedway day care is still operating after a 10-month-old girl was found unconscious Wednesday and later died.

Miracles and Blessings Daycare Ministry, on West 10th Street, was still open as of Friday. An employee called 911 on Wednesday, saying 10-month-old Taliah Jane Brigham was unconscious and not breathing in a car seat inside the day care. The girl died the next morning.

"In my honest opinion I believe that they should be shut down," said Taliah's father, Troyel Brigham.

FOX59 found an inspection report, completed by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration on the day the incident happened. It included 13 violations, including one that said four staff members did not have criminal history checks on file.

Despite that report, the day care is still listed as 'open' in FSSA's files.

"I do not believe that facility should still be running because I don’t want the same thing to happen to another child," said Brigham.

Speedway police say they found one employee supervising 36 children that day.

According to FSSA, Miracles and Blessings Daycare Ministry is under some restrictions because it receives federal funding. However, because it is considered a faith-based ministry, it is not subject to the strict state regulations and "Paths to Quality" ratings used by other child care programs.

State Representative Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, is one of those who has pushed for years for better across-the-board day care regulations. Summers says she does not believe many parents understand that not every day care is regulated in the same way.

"We never thought that that was fair, because we thought that the safety of children was of utmost importance. ... I really truly believe that we need to bring the issue back up in 2017 and try to get some good headway," said Summers.

Taliah's death is still under investigation by several agencies. Brigham says he is optimistic about that investigation and hopes his daughter's death will not go unnoticed.

"I do not believe that they should have that service there anymore, for the sake of any of the children (who) could be put in that situation," said Brigham.

The coroner has not yet ruled an official cause of death. There is no timeline for the investigation.

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