Former Odessa daycare owner sentenced to probation for baby's death

Former Odessa daycare owner sentenced to probation for baby's death
Lori Creekmore (Source: Ector County Law Enforcement Center)
Jeremiah Garza (Source: Family members)
Jeremiah Garza (Source: Family members)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A former Odessa daycare owner was sentenced to five years probation. She admitted being responsible for a baby's death, now we're learning what might have led up to it.

Lori Creekmore pleaded guilty to criminal homicide negligence, police said Creekmore left the three and a half month old baby in a crib, face down, while caring for him at Lorlee's Child Care.

With a simple search on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website four child care violations were found on November 3, 2015, the day baby Jeremiah Garza was found dead.

Those four violations were recorded at high risk level.

Those violations were:

  • There were several medications found in the diaper bags on the floors in the play area that were accessible to the children in care.
  • An infant in care was placed on his stomach to sleep during nap time.
  • Caregiver was not supervising the children appropriately as she had children napping in various rooms of the house with the doors closed.
  • The caregiver neglected the child in her care when she placed him on his stomach to sleep behind a closed door for over 3 hours in a crib with a loose fitted sheet on the mattress.

There aren't any Texas laws against laying an infant on their stomach, but it isn't recommended.

Creekmore is sentenced to five years of deferred adjudication. This means she'll be on probation for five years.

If she messes up during that time, she'll spend the remaining time in jail.

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