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Oregon daycare owner sentenced to 21 years for drugging children so she could tan, work out

March 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Oregon daycare owner sentenced to 21 years for drugging children so she could tan, work out

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January Neatherlin sentenced to 21 years in prison for drugging, abandoning children.

An Oregon mother who abandoned children — some only six months old — at her unlicensed daycare in Oregon, so she could go tanning and do CrossFit has been sentenced to 21 years and four months behind bars.

On Friday, 32-year-old January Neatherlin was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault, KTVZ reported.

Neatherlin was taken into custody last year after authorities discovered seven children under five-years-old by themselves at her daycare called Little Giggles.

Investigators said she forced the children to take melatonin to go to sleep before she went to work out and go tanning.

“She administered a sleeping agent to a room full of infants, toddlers, and children and drove off to fulfill her narcissistic needs. There is no room in our society for monsters like this.” one parent stated.

Neatherlin left the children who were supposed to be in her care to go tanning  and  cross tit  training (Facebook)

KTVZ reported that Judge Wells Ashby highlighted the impacted that Neatherlin’s behaviors caused the families. Ashby said the aftermath of her crimes resulted in broken relationships, behavioral problems, and financial hardships.

One family said their daughter sustained a brain injury, consistent with shaken baby syndrome, while in the woman’s care; other parents said their children were fighting to sleep after Neatherlin gave them the drug.

Neatherlin had been operating the illegal childcare center for roughly four years, and she also lied to parents about being a registered nurse but did not have any of those qualifications.

State records indicated that the business was investigated twice by child welfare advocates.

Based on tips given by an ex-boyfriend and a former roommate, Bend police observed Neatherlin last March leave the center twice while she was supposed to be caring for seven children.

Neatherlin had been telling parents that they weren’t permitted to pick up or drop off their children between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Authorities checked CrossFit and Tan Republic records and found out that those hours she called nap time is when she would leave the center.

Neatherlin apologized in court and told the families that she had failed them.

“Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody takes responsibility for those mistakes. I hope the court and the parents accept my apology. I made a poor call, and it has forever changed my life and ended it,” Neatherlin stated.

The other charges of criminal mistreatment are for previous occurrences with children.

The woman also has prior felony identity-theft convictions under the identifies January Livsey and January Brooks.

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