Daycare founder convicted of drugging little children, but parents and teachers do much the same thing with ADHD drugs

An Oregon woman who was caught running an unlicensed daycare center has been sentenced to 21 years and four months in prison for reportedly giving the children in her care melatonin, a hormone supplement that induces sleep, while she skipped off to go tanning and take Cross Fit workout classes.

According to The Oregonian, 32-year-old January Neatherlin plead guilty to “11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault” after being exposed for her crimes, which involved operating a fake daycare center known as “Little Giggles” that was little more than a front operation for her self-centered escapades.

After being tipped off by a former boyfriend and a former roommate, police in Bend began to surveil Neatherlin to see what she did during daycare hours. One on occasion, they reportedly observed her leaving the house twice while she was supposed to be watching seven children. The first trip involved taking the kids to school; but the second involved making them fall asleep while she went and bronzed at a local Tan Republic.

Neatherlin apparently told the parents of her daycare children that they could not come to pick up their children between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. because these were “nap time” hours. But official police records show that Neatherlin was either at Tan Republic turning herself brown or at a local Cross Fit gym pumping iron and doing burpees.

At least one of the daycare children also suffered injuries at one point after Neatherlin reportedly gave the child a bottle of milk that was too hot. The child was taken to a hospital in Portland after suffering multiple head injuries.

After being arrested back in March, Neatherlin even tried to approach her fellow inmates to ask them to claim that they had worked for her. She also wrote letters to former inmates asking them for bail money and promising to pay them back from offshore accounts worth “a lot of money.”

Feeding kids ADHD drugs to keep them calm is worse than giving them melatonin

Clearly a nutcase, this Neatherlin individual got away with milking the system until she was finally caught – which is usually how it goes for criminals. Her rap sheet actually dates back more then a decade, with court documents filed by the state indicating that Neatherlin had an “on-going, systematic scheme of doing what she wanted and getting what she wanted, without any concern for the danger she was placing others in.”

But isn’t this exactly what the “system” does by drugging school-age children with ADHD and other behavioral control drugs that keep them docile and obedient? Such drugs are dangerous, and go completely against the nature of a child’s personality, and yet they’re sanctioned by the state as appropriate – and last time we checked, no teachers have been sentenced to prison for administering them to students.

But if you really think about it, drugging kids with ADHD drugs like Abilify to keep them behaving a certain way in the classroom is no different than giving them melatonin to put them to sleep so you can proceed to do whatever you want. Actually, giving them melatonin is technically safer than giving them ADHD drugs, as the latter can induce long-term side effects in the form of mental illness and brain injury.

“Despite the testing and examinations performed on lab animals and human brains by drug company-funded neuroscientists, it has never actually been proven that brain chemical imbalances exist,” writes our own Jayson Veley about the modern-day fallacy that humans need drugs to balance their brain chemistry. “There are over 100 neurotransmitter systems within the human brain, and the idea that a drug could be relied upon to restore balance between two of them is laughable.”

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