OR woman drugged kids so she could tan, work out

Day care owner gets 21 years for leaving kids to go tanning

Day care owner gets 21 years for leaving kids to go tanning

An Oregon woman, who runs an illegal daycare center, was convicted on Friday of drugging children at her facility in order to go to work out and get a spray tan.

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.

Neatherlin forced the children to take melatonin supplements to sleep before she headed to a CrossFit class or the tanning salon, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"She repeatedly administered a sleeping agent to a room full of infants, toddlers and children and drove off in her auto to fulfill her narcissistic needs, one parent said. January has no respect for human life", one parent said, reported Fox 19.

Neatherlin had been telling parents they couldn't pick up or drop off their kids between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Police checked Cross Fit and Tan Republic records to find that's when she would leave the house, hours she referred to as "nap time".

The court heard that in January 2014 an 11-month-old was taken to hospital after suffering bleeding and swelling in her head at the nursery.

Neatherlin, who also went by the names January Livsey and January Brooks, also falsely told parents she was a registered nurse. Prosecutors initially appealed for a 35-year sentence.

Another parent said her child had blisters in her mouth and on her shoulders after attending Little Giggles.

The sentencing memo stated the children left at her daycare while she made trips outside were made to sleep with the aid of melatonin.

Court documents said she had an "ongoing, systematic scheme of doing what she wanted and getting what she wanted, without any concern for the danger she was placing others in".

Before being sentenced, she admitted "failing" the children in her care, but denied ever having hit a child.

"I don't say that to be mean to you - simply a gap there". She was told to drop her number to three or less children.

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

When handing down the sentence, Judge Wells Ashby highlighted the carnage Neatherlin had caused for the families, noting several were still dealing with the aftermath, including broken relationships, behavioural problems and financial struggles.

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