Reynoldsburg babysitter Lori Conley was indicted June 10 on reduced charges, thus avoiding a possible life sentence for murder in connection with the death of an 8-month-old baby.

Reynoldsburg babysitter Lori Conley was indicted June 10 on reduced charges, thus avoiding a possible life sentence for murder in connection with the death of an 8-month-old baby.

Conley, 43, was arrested June 3 for giving an adult dose of Benadryl to Haddix Mulkey while she was watching him and seven other infants and toddlers in her home on Hammond Drive in Reynoldsburg.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Conley on one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of endangering children and one count of tampering with evidence.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said a conviction on all three charges carries a maximum prison sentence of 17 years.

"Conley faces in excess of 10 years in prison," O'Brien said. "Giving Benadryl to a baby can and did cause the death of this infant.

"Adults should never give medication or drugs of any kind to children without the approval of the child's family doctor," he said.

Conley was expected to be back in court June 15, after ThisWeek's press time, for an arraignment on those charges.

Conley has been held in Franklin County jail since her arrest, under $750,000 bond.

According to court records, if she makes bond, Conley is ordered to not have any contact with children and may have only supervised contact with her own three teenagers.

Reynoldsburg police Lt. Ron Wright said officers were dispatched to Conley's house May 13 on a report of an unresponsive infant. He said Conley admitted giving Haddix the adult dose of the antihistamine, hoping to make him sleep.

She said the baby was unresponsive when she went later to check on him where he slept in his bouncy seat in a back room.

Wright said Conley did not have a license to run a daycare in her home.

"According to Conley, she has provided child watching services for over 15 years," he said. "We haven't received any complaints yet from any other parents."

He said attempts by medics to revive the baby failed and he was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Conley was not arrested until June 3, however, because it took that long for the toxicology report to be released by the Franklin County Coroner's Office, which confirmed the baby died as a result of the Benadryl dose, Wright said.

Her babysitting service was shut down immediately.

"She moved in with her parents after we shut her down," Wright said.

According to information from Action for Children, a child-care provider may care for up to six children at one time at home without a state license, by Ohio law, but no more than three of the children may be younger than 2. The provider's own children count in the ratio if the children are younger than 6.