Indiana Woman Arrested After Four Children Overdose at Her Illegal Daycare

By Paul Gaita 02/18/14

Stephanie Gribble was still operating a daycare even though the state's attorney general shut her down in 2012.

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Police in Indiana arrested a woman for allegedly causing four children to overdose on medication at an unlicensed day care facility operated out of her home.

Indianapolis resident Stephanie Gribble, 37, was taken into custody on February 13 after four children between the ages of 11 months and five years old were admitted to an area hospital emergency room suffering from “acute dystonic reaction,” a movement disorder characterized by lack of muscle control, facial contortions, and mental fatigue.

The condition can be caused by the consumption of prescription medication, which the children were found to have ingested in combination with unspecified over-the-counter drugs on February 12 and subsequently hospitalized. Gribble was arrested on the basis of the medical evidence and on items seized at her home during the execution of a search warrant, and charged with four counts of neglect of a dependent.

The February 13 incident is not the first time Gribble has run afoul of the state’s Family and Social Services administration. Records show that she has been cited for operating day cares without a license on numerous occasions dating as far back as 2008, with the most recent case occurring in 2012 when the Indiana Attorney General filed an injunction against her. Gribble was ordered to close that day care in November 2012.

A spokeperson for the Attorney General stated that their office will be working with the Family and Social Services Administration to investigate these new charges. No information regarding the children’s current condition or how exactly they were overdosed while under Gribble’s care has been issued.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites. 

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