Indictments Filed Against Day Care Owner
Mar. 21, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ The former owner of a day care center and a business associate were jailed Thursday on charges related to a van crash that killed four children and the driver.
Tippy Toes Learning Academy owner Sandra Gordon and Camelia Gibson, owner of the van, were charged with four counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. They were accused of recklessly letting the children ride with an unsafe driver.
The children died last April when a day care van crashed into a highway bridge support. Gordon's 8-year-old son and Gibson's 6-year-old granddaughter were among those killed.
Driver Wesley Hudson, 27, had traces of marijuana in his blood, according to autopsy results. Under state rules, he should not have been driving a day care van because he had a past conviction for marijuana possession.
Defense lawyer Jeffery Rosenblum described the crash as a tragic accident for which no criminal charges were warranted.
A grand jury indicted Gordon and Gibson on March 13, but the charges were not immediately made public. The two were jailed under $100,000 bail each. The charges carry maximum punishments of 23 years in prison and fines of $30,000.