Judge orders day care workers to pay $2.3 million to parents after child’s death

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Conor Tilson

CARMEL, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016)– Two former Carmel day care workers were each ordered to pay more than $1 million to the parents of a 5-month-old boy who died while in their care.

Conor Tilson died in January 2013. Tilson was left unsupervised in a broken crib with a blanket when he died.

Stacey Cox (left) and Kirsten Phillips (right)

Stacey Cox (left) and Kirsten Phillips (right)

The boy’s parents, John Tilson Jr. and Britney Killea, said the environment the boy was staying in was hazardous and sued the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration as well as Stacey Cox, the operator of the day care. The parents argued the state and day care had a responsibility to maintain safe conditions.

Kirsten Phillips and her mother, Stacey Cox, were found guilty of charges including involuntary manslaughter in the boy’s death. They were each ordered to pay $1,157,149.56  to the parents.

Phillips and Cox both tested positive for marijuana the same day the 5-month-old was found dead.

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