Day Care Accused of Drugging Kids to Make Them Sleep
byDeborah SkolnikJun 18, 2013
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Central Ohio, a day care worker allegedly drugged kids' snacks to make them go nighty-night,
according to Fox News.
say Tammy Eppley, 37, was accused of sprinkling sleep aids on cupcakes and other treats to get her young
charges to doze off. Eppley denies the accusations, saying people
misinterpreted comments she’d made in jest.
what she’s up against now is no laughing matter. Eppley was charged on Monday
in Franklin County Municipal Court with six separate counts of child
endangerment—this after police received a set of incriminating text messages
that Eppley allegedly sent friends. In them, she describes giving the children in
her day care center, Caterpillar Clubhouse, food laced with two unexpected
ingredients: Benadryl, an allergy drug that can cause drowsiness, and Melatonin,
a hormone sometimes used as a sleep aid.
police reports describe a video Eppley
allegedly made on her phone, then sent to a pal. “Tammy was bragging about how
they [the children] were all perfectly still and being quiet or asleep,” the
report says. “Tammy jokes about one of the children almost discovering her
actions by remarking that the sprinkles on some cupcakes tasted funny.”
cooking projects may not have stopped there, according to the police—she also
faces accusations of serving her kids Benadryl-tainted pancakes and juice.
37, denied the charges in a phone interview. She said she did administer drugs
to children, but only with their parents’ blessing. As for the text messages
she’d sent her friend, she contends her comments were “very tongue-in-cheek.”
Continued Eppley, “It was, ‘Good grief, I wish these kids would go to sleep, I
wish I could drug them. … I do regret making that comment, obviously. It was not,
‘I did it.’”