She Drugged Kids Into Sleep, Went Tanning, to CrossFit

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An Oregon woman accused of drugging kids at her day care so she could go to the tanning bed and work out, was sentenced to to 21 years and four months in prison on Friday.

She pleaded guilty to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault, according to court records.

Neatherlin was arrested a year ago after police found seven children younger than 5 left unattended at her illegal day care center.

When authorities moved in to arrest Neatherlin at her home 150 miles southeast of Portland, one of the children was covered in fresh vomit - and some of the children still had melatonin in their systems.

During the trial, the court reportedly heard multiple accounts of Neatherlin mistreating children in her care.

The 32-year-old also told parents between 11am and 2pm that she could not pick up or drop off kids as this was "nap time". Some of her convictions came under the aliases January Livsey and January Brooks.

"Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody takes responsibility for those mistakes", she said. With that said, I hope the court and the parents accept my apology.

Bend police began watching Neatherlin last March after her former boyfriend and a former roommate reported her behavior.

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"I made a very poor call, and it has forever changed my life and even ended it", she said.

None of the children in her care sustained any permanent damage from being given melatonin, according to the Tribune.

She said she failed as a caretaker and as a parent to her own children.

Neatherlin was described in court as having an "ongoing, systematic scheme of doing what she wanted and getting what she wanted, without any concern for the danger she was placing others in". Neatherlin had overheated a bottle of milk in the microwave, scalding the child.

Before being sentenced, she admitted "failing" the children in her care, but denied ever having hit a child.

Prosecutors originally angled for a 35-year sentence.

Neatherlin's daycare center - which she ran for the last four years - was investigated twice since 2014 by state child welfare advocates. She was told to drop her number to three or less children.

When handing down the sentence, Judge Wells Ashby highlighted the carnage Neatherlin had caused for the families, noting several were still dealing with the aftermath, including broken relationships, behavioural problems and financial struggles.

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