This is SO not the news story I need to read mere days before sending my daughter to daycare for the very first time.
As MSNBC reports, the owner of a daycare in Texas is accused of putting drugs in children’s food so they would fall asleep after lunch.
Kimberly Lane, the owner of the Luv N Learning daycare in Van Alstyne, was arrested and charged with 16 counts of child endangerment after someone called police and said she was mixing an over-the-counter antihistamine with milk and then giving it to children.
Local news station, KXII, reports that police were tipped off by an employee. Lane is accused of crushing capsules in paper towels, mixing them into the milk around 10:40 a.m. each day and serving it at 11 a.m. to make some of the children go to sleep.
Lane allegedly called her concoction “special milk” and investigators have no idea how long she’s been handing it out to the children.
Both the Van Alstyne Police Department and Child Protective Services have launched full-scale investigations. At the time of Lane’s arrest police officials say 15 children – ranging in age from 20 months to 4-years-old were at the daycare.
KXII reports that Lane’s arrest warrant released not only details how she allegedly put drugs into children’s’ milk, it also tells of physical abuse many of those children allegedly suffered at her hands. “Court documents allege that Lane also slapped children in the face and would punish them by turning down the air conditioning or taking away their blankets.”
Lane was issued a license to run her daycare on June 2, 2010. Since then the daycare has been inspected seven times and three deficiencies have been found. The deficiencies were all minor, involving employee training hours and required hearing and vision records for children and Lane made sure the deficiencies were corrected by the end of that year.
Kimberly Lane faces 16 felony counts of endangerment to a child and is being held in the Grayson County Jail on $160,000 bond. She could serve a maximum of two years in jail and fines up to $10,000 for each count.
Here’s KXII’s report: