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Owner of Indiana day care where infant died gets probation

September 29, 2017

The owner of an Indianapolis day care where an infant died in 2016 while strapped into a car seat and left alone in an empty room has been ordered not to work in child care.

Fifty-three-year-old Jacqueline Murray learned her punishment Thursday after pleading guilty to child neglect as part of an agreement with prosecutors. She was placed on probation and a more serious charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death was dismissed.

Karen Tharpe was convicted at trial of reckless supervision by a child care provider. Her sentencing was scheduled for Friday.

Investigators say Tharpe is believed to have been the only employee at Miracles and Blessings Daycare Ministry in Speedway and supervising 36 children at the time 10-month-old Taliah Brigham was discovered unresponsive. The day care has closed.

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