Feb. 6—TIPTON — Officials say a Tipton County woman who allegedly ran an “undocumented daycare” that led to the death of a baby boy in May 2017 will spend the next year on home confinement.
Earlier this year, Jessica Moss, 49, pleaded guilty to a Level 6 felony count of reckless supervision for her connection to the 2-month-old’s death, while a Level 6 felony count 1 for neglect of a dependent resulting in death was dismissed with prejudice. , according to court documents.
It was on May 26, 2017, that authorities were called to IU Tipton Health about the infant, who court documents say had been taken to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
The investigation into the boy’s death revealed that the child was in the care of Moss, who was also caring for 10 other children in her Tipton County home at the time of the incident, according to court records.
A probable cause affidavit filed in the case says Moss told officers she fed the baby and then placed him face down on his stomach in a portable crib.
When Moss went to check on the boy about 20 minutes later, according to her interview with police, the infant was not breathing.
An autopsy was performed the next day and the boy’s cause of death was ruled to be the result of positional asphyxia attributed to “unsafe sleeping conditions: being placed face down to sleep,” court documents state.
Moss received a cease and desist notice from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in August 2017, which stated that Moss was required by law to have a license if she wanted to operate a daycare with more than five children in his care. directly linked to it.
The latest estimates from the CDC claim that there are approximately 3,400 crib-related deaths per year in the United States.
According to the March of Dimes website, a baby should be placed on his or her back at all times for sleeping, including naps and nighttime, until age one.
The organization also states that a baby should have…