Babysitting 101: Do not drug the kiddies.
A woman in Ohio is facing six counts of child endangerment after allegedly crushing medications that cause drowsiness and putting them in pancakes for children at her day care.
CNN reports 37-year-old Tammy Eppley cared for six children– including her own– between the ages of 2 and 5 at the Caterpillar Clubhouse in Westerville, a northeastern suburb of Columbus. Investigators believe she used medications such as the allergy medicine Benadryl and supplements like melatonin to get the children to go to sleep.
Police say none of the children were harmed as a result of the alleged incident.
A former friend of Eppley called child protective services after receiving a string of text messages from Eppley joking about sedating the children. The accused day-care operator has denied the charges.
“It was just any frustrated parent that would say when they were frustrated,” she said. “The kids are driving me crazy today, they’re off the wall. I wish there was a drug like in sleeping beauty they would all just go to sleep.”
Eppley’s first court date is set for July 12.