Woman facing charge in infant’s death continued to provide day care services after incident

Posted at 6:37 PM, Apr 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-09 22:43:33-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A woman who operated a day care in Roy is facing a child abuse homicide charge after an infant was found cold and unresponsive when the boy's father came to pick him up, and the woman continued to provide child care for a time after the death.

Tish Morely, 33, was behind bars Wednesday night; an 8-month-old child was found cold and unresponsive at Tots & Tykes Day Care February 19, and the child died a short time later. Police said the death was caused by injuries that were not accidental.

Tom Hudachko of the Utah Department of Health said it took several days to shut the day care down.

"It took our department about four and a half, five, days to go through the process that we need to go through," he said. "You know, talk to all of the relevant parties that are involved."

Officials said Morely's license to provide child care services was revoked on March 10. Health Department officials said they visited the day care location 10 days later and found Morely providing care for two children. Officials said this was not a violation of the law, as a license is only required for facilities providing care to more than four children for more than four hours.

FOX 13 News' Todd Tanner took a closer look at the issue and spoke with officials, see the video above for his report.

For more information about child care licensing in Utah, click here.