Police: Woman who ran illegal daycare admits to shaking, severely injuring baby

A Texas worker who reportedly managed an illegal daycare operation in Taylor, apparently admitted that she injured a 10-month-old baby, police confirm. She was arrested on Thursday.

KXAN reports that on June 15, the Taylor Police Department responded to an emergency call from someone at an apartment off of Sloan Street. The caller said that an infant was having trouble breathing. The caller didn’t specify whether the baby sustained an injury or had a medical condition that could have caused breathing difficulties.

The baby, a boy named Asher, underwent emergency medical surgery. He’s doing better and expected to survive. His family confirmed that he does not have a medical condition that could have contributed to his breathing difficulties.

According to medical professionals at the Dell Children’s Medical Center, the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury, likely from being shaken roughly. When authorities questioned Tempest Coulter, 28, who cared for the child at her in-home daycare, she admitted she lost her patience and injured the child. She was subsequently arrested and taken to the Williamson County Jail.

While investigating further, detectives determined that Coulter was not licensed in the state of Texas to run a childcare service. The daycare has since been shut down by the state.

It’s still unclear how many children Coulter cared for when the incident occurred. As of Thursday, she’s still behind bars, facing child abuse charges.

Meanwhile, a YouCaring fundraiser was set up for the little boy to help his family cover medical expenses.

[Feature Photo: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office/YouCaring]