- Four educators have been arrested after being accused of giving melatonin to children without their consent.
- Mimi’s Child Care workers were arrested and charged on Thursday, local news reported.
- According to authorities, the parents said their children had health problems after staying at the daycare.
Four Tennessee daycare workers are reportedly facing multiple charges after they were accused of giving children melatonin without their parents’ permission.
Jamie Chark, 45, Kristin Clark, 21, Ethan Pulley, 21, and Jordan Darnell, 22, were arrested by the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. WSMV-TV reported.
Jamie, Kristin and Jordan have all been charged with child abuse and neglect, tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the report. Ethan was charged with tampering with evidence.
Authorities were made aware of the alleged actions of staff at Mimi’s Child Care, located in Stewart County, Tennessee, in late March, WKRN-TV rreported.
The parents told the sheriff’s office that their children had health issues after staying at the facility, according to the report. Authorities believe at least 27 children received melatonin at the daycare, according to the report.
“Some parents have said their children may have suffered from the melatonin they were given,” Detective Lee Miller told the outlet this week. “So we’re still investigating that.”
A former employee told WSMV-TV that she saw staff giving the drugs to the children.
“I quit my job and started working at daycare. I saw them giving the kids melatonin,” mother Candace Short told the outlet. “The shock is like I don’t even know because it’s more than shock, it’s literally devastation.”