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Speedway Daycare Owner & Employee Charged With Baby's Death

Last updated on Thursday, August 18, 2016

(SPEEDWAY) - A Speedway day care owner and employee have been charged in the death of a 10-month-old girl back in April.

Prosecutor Terry Curry announced on Wednesday that Miracles and Blessings Daycare owner Jacqueline Murray and employee Karen Tharpe have been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Murray knowingly left Tharpe alone at the facility for a significant amount of time with 36 children spread out in three rooms.

Tharpe allegedly put Taliah Brigham in her car seat and buckled the chest buckle, but she did not buckle the bottom buckle. She then left the infant unattended for at least five minutes. During that time, Brigham slid down her car seat and was strangled by the buckle.

Tharpe later found the girl unconscious in her car seat, and she called 911. Brigham was rushed to Riley Hospital where she later died.

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