Daycare owner gets 21 years for leaving kids to go tanning

  • Daycare owner gets 21 years for leaving kids to go tanning

Daycare owner gets 21 years for leaving kids to go tanning

The sentencing hearing came almost one year after police investigators found seven children under five years old drugged and unattended at Neatherlin's unlicensed Little Giggles Day Care while she was at a tanning salon.

One of the younger children was laying in his own vomit in a padded "toy couch" after getting sick, the court papers stated.

During their surveillance, officers witnessed her leaving the house numerous times while seven children were in her care, The Oregonian reports.

January Neatherlin, 32, accused of running an illegal day care in Bend, Ore., where she would leave the children unattended so she could go tanning and do CrossFit, has been sentenced to 21 years, four months in prison.

Neatherlin denied she had ever assaulted a child, stating she "loved all my day-care kids as my own.they loved me and enjoying hanging out with me". "January has no respect for human life", one parent said, according to KTVZ.

One family said their daughter suffered a brain injury in Neatherlin's care, consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Neatherlin reportedly told parents they could not pick up their children between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and police found those were the times she had checked in at a local Cross Fit gym and tanning salon.

"Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody takes responsibility for those mistakes. I made a very poor call, and it has forever changed my life and even ended it", Neatherlin said.

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

In total, Neatherlin was sentenced to 21 years and four months in prison and will be able to receive credit for time served.

All the children were in an upstairs bedroom and appeared drowsy, having been given melatonin - a dietary supplement that helps regulate sleep.

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

"In my opinion, your honour", Kevin Hord, one of the fathers of the children in the day care told the judge, "100 years would not be enough". His 11-month-old granddaughter was picked up from Little Giggles in 2014 and rushed to hospital with bleeding and swelling in her head. Some of her convictions came under the aliases January Livsey and January Brooks.