Day-Care Owner Charged With Drugging Kids

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by Casie Kolbinsky

WESTERVILLE, O.H.-- Police say a woman running a day-care center from her Ohio home drugged some of the children she had been caring for Wednesday.

Authorities charged Tammy Eppley, 37, with six counts of child endangerment after she allegedly crushed medications designed to cause drowsiness and added them to the pancakes she fed to the kids, according to reports.

Eppley runs Caterpillar Clubhouse, located in Westerville, Ohio. She cares for six children that range in age from 2 to 5 years. One of the kids is hers, sources say.

Eppley described the incident as "mortifying."

"I'm a very private person, and I'm very protective of my children and the children in my care," she reportedly said.

Authorities said they believed Eppley might have added substances such as Benadryl and melatonin into the pancake mix to cause the children to go to sleep, according to records.

Sources say the children did not become ill or injured after ingesting the drugs.

One of Eppley's former friends contacted Child Protective Services after she said she'd received text messages from Eppley that jokingly said she had sedated the kids, reports say.

Eppley, however, denied this and said she had only been texting the friend to vent, sources say.

Reports say the day-care owner had given the kids medications in the past with parental permission.

Eppley will appear in court Friday, July 12.

 

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