6:19 PM EDT, August 8, 2012
The attorney for the Brownsburg daycare provider is defending his client, saying the death of a 4-month-old baby had nothing to do with the care the babysitter provided.
On July 18, the child was found unresponsive inside a Lake Ridge neighborhood home daycare operated by Monica Cunningham. Cunningham provided CPR, 911 was called and medics took the child to a nearby hospital where the child later died.
Cunningham was told the child had a condition as was taking medicine which was mixed in with the pre-made bottles of food that the mother provided.
During the death investigation at the home, it was determined that Cunningham was violating a state law that restricts the number of children an unlicensed home daycare can look after without a license. Cunningham was told to cease and desist and was told to reduce the number of children she watches, file for a license or shut down.
Brownsburg Police said 10-14 children were in the home at the time of the incident. Cunningham’s attorney said she’s now in compliance with the law and is back open for business.
Meantime, investigators are looking for the results of the autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The family of the baby girl did not want to speak with Fox59, but their attorney said he expects to file a wrongful death suit against Cunningham on behalf of the family.
The results of the autopsy could take another five weeks.
Melanie Brizzi with Bureau of Child Care said it's very difficult for parents to find who's violating the law because you don't know about them. The state only knows about them when they receive a complaint or something bad has already happened.