Tammy Eppley, A 37-year-old mother and operator of a day care, has been charged in Westerville Ohio with six cases of child endangerment. The arrest stems from recent evidence that she deliberately laced pancakes that she fed to children with sleeping medication such as Melatonin and Benadryl.
Young children are notoriously hard to make sleep, and the idea of feeding them a mild sedative may seem attractive to desperate parents, but for a paid sitter to do so is deplorable.
Eppley looked after six children, one of them hers. In a text, Eppley joked about her actions to a friend, calling the drugs “nappy time medicine”. Luckily, that friend had the courage to report Eppley to local authorities.
Eppley denies that she actually drugged the children, instead claiming she was only joking. Eppley did state that she had given children medication before, but only with parental permission.
None of the children were harmed by the medication, and because the drugs were allegedly placed in food, it may be hard for children to testify that they were drugged. Eppley’s first court date is July 12th.
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