Appeals court upholds woman’s reckless homicide conviction

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a woman’s reckless homicide conviction in the death of a 5-month-old boy at a suburban Indianapolis day care.

But Friday’s appellate ruling vacated Kirsten L. Phillips’ involuntary manslaughter conviction after the court found her dual conviction violated double jeopardy principles.

Phillips was sentenced to 2½ years in prison in July for the January 2013 death of Conor Tilson at an unlicensed day care in Carmel. The child was found dead hours after being placed in a broken crib in a room with no adults and no baby monitor.

The Herald Bulletin reports the court found Phillips was aware of the harm of using a faulty crib and acted in conscious disregard of the warning, but found her involuntary manslaughter represented double jeopardy.