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Daycare Worker Allegedly Drugged Children to Make Them Sleep

Daycare Worker Allegedly Drugged Children to Make Them Sleep

Kimberly Lane, owner of Luv n Learning Child Development Center, in Van Alstyne, Texas has been charged with putting antihistamines into the childrens’ milk to make them sleep. According to Fox News, employees at the daycare center reported the owner’s actions to the authorities. When investigators showed up at the daycare center, they were able to smell the flavored antihistamines in the children’s milk.

Lane was charged with 16 felony counts of endangerment to a child for putting drugs into the milk of children aged from 20 months to four years.  The maximum sentence for this charge is two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count. According to whiotv.com, another daycare worker was charged and convicted in a similar offense last year at the Covenant Apostolic Church Day Care Center in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Parents sometimes fear putting their children into a home daycare setting because there is only one person watching over the children and no one to watch over them and their actions. Unfortunately, opting for a child care facility with multiple staff members is no guarantee either and there have been numerous cases of daycare owners and workers being charged with drugging or otherwise endangering or mishandling the children in their care.

There are no guarantees and parents need to be diligent in selecting and monitoring their daycare provider. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a checklist for parents to consider when choosing a daycare provider, however it appears to focus more on the technical criteria than “am I sure my child will be loved and treated with respect” criteria.

In our family, we were fortunate enough to be able to keep our children at home until they were three years old and we found it easier to be able to trust and monitor a child care provider when our child was able to communicate well with us and tell us what was happening during the day. Friends who have had to select a daycare provider for younger children have told me that they looked primarily at the way the daycare provider bonded with their child in making their decision and placed that above all other criteria. Some experts recommend dropping in at your child’s daycare unannounced every once in a while to monitor what is happening when they think no one is looking.

What criteria do you use to choose a daycare provider for your children? Do you feel confident that they are safe?

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3:41AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Good post, it is true that many day care centers are operating in this fashion to earn money at the same time making kids addictive to drugs. But Little Kingdom Child care center in Encinitas, CA is a state licensed child care center, which is providing a perfect balance of academic and social developmental programs to children, it is exclusively designed to give every child the highest quality of attention and learning experience to kids between six weeks to twelve years of age.

8:14AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

It certainly was a dumb thing to do, but I think some of the comments here are pushing it a bit too far: it's not as if the worker deliberately tried to poison these kids. Condemn what she did, sure, but please don't exaggerate.

7:57AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

what a horrible person. i hope that the children don't have to go through any more than they already did.

7:39AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Deborah W.: You would go completely bonkers visiting Sweden! Or Norway! Or Denmark! Or Finland! A majority of women are working.
W-O-R-K-I-N-G. And, imagine, a majority of parents have their kids in childcare! Wish you were able to see those kids, but I'm doubtful any of above mentioned countries would issue you a visa!

4:20PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Melanie B., daycare workers are required to get education in child development, psychology and behavior management! I work in childcare and depending upon if you work part-time or fulltime, a person is required every year to get 10 to 15 credits in additional professional development geared towards young children. At least here in Delaware! She was very wrong and I am glad those children are doing fine after being drugged!

9:09AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

This is why my children will NEVER attend day care. My husband and I are already preparing for a big pay cut when we have a child, because I will stay home with that child no matter what it takes! I will give up everything to be with my kids. They deserve it! We are barely above the poverty line now, so I guess we will dip below it after baby comes, but oh well. We always make it work (: And I'm still able to be vegan and eat almost all organic foods now, so I know we can do it with a baby. It just takes sacrifice and some really good meal planning! Babies aren't expensive anyway, as long as you breastfeed and cloth diaper... It really sucks that moms can't stay home with their kids anymore. Kids need their mommies! And then we hear stories like this, and it makes it that much harder to trust anyone with your kids. I hope this chick is thrown in prison and banned from ever being around children again!

8:23AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I am speechless, how frightening

12:44PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

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12:41PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

WOW, Deborah W. It shocks me that anyone in this day and age feels the way you do . . . I have a stepson who went to daycare -- a wonderfully loving one where he learned to read and socialize. He is 15 now, well adjusted and in our community we still see employees from his daycare out and about and they STILL love him and want the best for him just like we - his coparenting parents do. My husband and I would have LOVED to have a planned child of our own - being infertile was unplanned . . . but I am sure you feel that is best since I would have gone back to work and left my poor child at daycare. I hope you are married and procreating with Donald Trump so that no financial hardship ever befall your family and you have to get a job! Honestly . . . forget the bitter comment. You deserve more pity than anything for having such a shallow view of the world.

6:27PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

What a horrible person. What if a child had a reaction to the medication and got sick or died!

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