Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Daycare owner sentenced for drugging kids so she could tan, work out

Daycare owner sentenced for drugging kids so she could tan, work out

Bend police, based on tips provided by a former boyfriend and a former roommate, surveilled Neatherlin last March and saw her leave the house twice while she was supposed to be watching seven children.

A previous daycare owner in OR has been sentenced to 21 years after she gave children melatonin, a sleep-aid, so she could hit the gym and go tanning while they slept. "January has no respect for human life", one parent said during Friday's court hearing, KTVZ reports.

One family told the judge that their daughter had suffered a brain injury, consistent with the shaken baby syndrome, after being in Neatherlin's care.

Neatherlin had been telling parents they weren't allowed to pick up or drop off their kids between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; police checked CrossFit and Tan Republic records to discover those hours she referred to as nap time is when she would leave the center, according to The Oregonian. Ashby said the aftermath of her crimes led to broken relationships, behavioral problems and financial struggles.

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

During her court appearance in early February, the woman apologized to the family and said she takes full responsibility for the consequences.

January Neatherlin, 32, who was running a day care centre in Bend in the U.S. 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.

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Authorities said she forced the children to take medicine to induce sleep before heading to the tanning salon.

Neatherlin will spend at least 21 years and four months in prison.

During the trial, the court reportedly heard multiple accounts of Neatherlin mistreating children in her care.

"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. Neatherlin said she made a "very poor call" that has forever changed her life, "and may even end it".

Almost a dozen parents testified against January Neatherlin, 32, as she appeared in court in OR on Friday, March 9.

"In my opinion, your honor", Kevin Hord, one of the fathers of the children in the day care told the judge, "100 years would not be enough".

She was investigated for a similar allegation in 2015 and officials found no evidence that she was caring for more than three children.

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