UPDATE: Daycare ordered to close after toddler nearly drowns

UPDATE, Friday 8/3

The in-home daycare where a one-year-old girl nearly drowned has been ordered to close.

Just before 1:00 on Thursday, the girl was found unresponsive in the Osceola home's pool.

At the time, police said there were eight other children being cared for.

State law requires in-home daycares to be licensed if they care for six or more children.

Because the daycare wasn't licensed, the state served it a cease and desist letter on Friday.

Metro homicide and child protective services continue to investigate.

ORIGINAL, Thursday 8/2

An Osceola neighborhood is in shock after a 1-year-old girl nearly drowned at a well-known in-home daycare.

Osceola police were called to the home on Bethany Court just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

They say at least two adults and nine children had been swimming in the home’s in ground swimming pool.

After they came inside to change, they noticed one of the children was missing.

Police say a 4-year-old girl who was outside jumping on the trampoline found the 1-year-old unresponsive in the pool.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide says it doesn’t appear adults left the child outside.

“I think she was the last one in the pack and must have got out and gone in or fell in,” said Osceola resident Stacy Miller, whose son attended the daycare.

An adult pulled the child from the pool and started performing CPR until police arrived and took over.

The girl was transported to a local hospital and placed on a ventilator. Police say she had a pulse.

The child was then airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Her condition is unknown.

“We saw all the ambulances out the back door and we looked in the backyard and we could see them hovering over the baby,” said neighbor Kathleen Wood. “I just hope the baby's going to be OK.”

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide is investigating the near drowning.

Child Protective Services was also at the home Thursday questioning adults and children.

Several neighbors and parents say the woman who runs the daycare, Mary, has been watching children for decades.

“This is like a one in a million fluke thing,” Wood said. “She's been watching kids forever. How this little one got away is beyond me. And I’m sure she is beside herself.”

Police say they were told an in-home daycare doesn’t have to be licensed in the state of Indiana unless the provider is caring for more than nine children.

But, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration website, a child care home is classified as a home where at least six children unrelated to the provider and under the age of 14 are being watched for more than four hours per day.

Police say while there were nine children at the home Thursday, there are only six children being cared for on a regular basis.


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