A 32-year-old Oregon woman was recently sentenced to 21 years in prison for giving at least seven toddlers a sleep-inducing drug before running off to the gym and tanning salon. The woman was also found guilty of identity theft, running an illegal daycare, and lying about having a nursing degree.
Fake Registered Nurse Forbade Parents from Picking Up Children at Noon
According to the court records, 32-year-old January Neatherlin has been under scrutiny since 2014, after her former boyfriend and roommate told the authorities that the woman was running an illegal day center.
Records show that, under Neatherlin’s care, at least seven toddlers were force-fed melatonin, a sleep-inducing drug, and left alone while the woman attended her CrossFit classes and went to the tanning salon.
Furthermore, according to the prosecutors, before taking children into her care, the woman would inform their parents that they are not allowed to come and pick up the children between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The authorities discovered that during the supposed nap time, the woman would run off to a tanning salon and a gym, facts corroborating after comparing the records kept by both establishments.
A prosecutor declared that the woman’s actions had had disastrous consequences for the families involved, including divorces, behavioral issues, and financial hardship.
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.
The authorities discovered that the woman also lied about being a registered nurse. For her deeds, January Neatherlin, the fake registered nurse, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, being found guilty on one count of third-degree assault and 11 counts of criminal mistreatment.
During her court appearance in early February, the woman apologized to the family and said she takes full responsibility for the consequences.
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