INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis woman was arrested on Friday after four day care children were sent to the hospital with suspected drug overdoses.
According to a police report, an IMPD officer was assigned to investigate a report from the Indiana Department of Child Services that said four young children from three different families had been admitted to the hospital for a suspected drug overdose.
Stephanie Gribble is the owner and operator of the day care the four children attend, located in the 9400 block of Gemini Drive.
Gribble was arrested on four preliminary counts of neglect of a dependent. Investigators have yet to name the drug the children overdosed on.
According to IMPD, the children had difficulty walking, were drooling, and staring into space. Investigators believe the children were given a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medication.
Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has pursued legal action against Gribble dating back 2008 for operating a daycare illegally. According to FSSA, home child care providers working out of the home must be licensed if they have more than five unrelated children.
“It’s shocking,” said Phil Armstrong, who stays next door to Gribble.
Court documents in 2011 show that Gribble had 13 kids in her care and she never got a license. She did it again in 2012. That time, she had 15 children but she still did not apply for a license.
A spokesperson for FSSA released this statement, in part:
Since this is a law enforcement investigation, it is not appropriate for FSSA to comment on any details of the investigation. FSSA is a licensing authority, and Stephanie Gribble is not a licensed day care operator. FSSA will be issuing an order to cease and desist from operating a child care illegally at the address where the incident occurred.
The FSSA website provides a list of licensed and registered child care providers. If you would like to learn more, click here or call 1-877-511-1144.