Day care worker gets 21 years for drugging kids to go tanning

Bend woman gets 21 years for drugging kids so she could go tanning, do CrossFit

The 32-year-old had been telling parents they couldn't pick up or drop off their children between 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

But when she asked Neatherlin at the time, she responded the marks were caused by spider bites.

She drove her kids to school on the first trip.

One of the families declared that after being in Neatherlin's care, their child had suffered permanent brain damage, while another cited difficulties in putting their child to bed.

Neatherlin apologized to the parents in a statement she presented in the court.

According to the Daily Mail, almost a dozen parents testified against January Neatherlin, 32, who owned the Little Giggles Daycare.

Neatherlin, who also goes January Irene Livsey, was arrested last March after police received an anonymous tip about her work ethic.

January Neatherlin, 32, who was running a day care centre in Bend in the USA state of Oregon, has been sentenced to 21 years and four months' jail after pleading guilty to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault, Oregon Live reports. She also said she had failed as a caretaker and as a parent to her own children.

"There is no room in our society for monsters like this".

Les Adams, a grandfather of one of the children, said he couldn't understand "what's wrong" with Neatherlin, the Bend Bulletin reports.

Hord and other parents lobbied for the maximum allowable sentence - 35 years.

"It is this court's hope that you are able to find it or reconstruct it, and make yourself whole at some point", he said. "I made a very poor call, and it has forever changed my life and even ended it", Neatherlin said.

Ashby sentenced Neatherlin to 31 months on each of 12 counts she pleaded guilty to last month.

They followed her and on two occasions, caught her sneaking out of the illegal daycare called Little Giggles after drugging the children that she was supposed to be watching - seven of whom were under five years of age - with sleep medication called melatonin, local news outlet Oregon Live reported.

In total, Neatherlin was sentenced to 21 years and four months in prison and will be able to receive credit for time served.

Officers watched as parents dropped off their children and then saw Neatherlin drive away hours later, authorities said.

Before being sentenced, she admitted "failing" the children in her care, but denied ever having hit a child. She has been charged with various instances of theft including identity theft.



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