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4 Stewart County, TN daycare employees charged with providing young children medication to sleep

4 Stewart County, TN daycare employees charged with providing young children medication to sleep

STEWART COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Stunning allegations have been discovered Thursday early morning towards 4 staff at a Stewart County daycare.

Caretakers are accused of supplying youngsters melatonin to go to rest without having parents’ consent. Four folks have now been arrested and charged.

Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray stated a complaint was submitted against MiMi’s Little one Care March 25, 2022. Investigators interviewed moms and dads who explained their kids had been documented to be lethargic or obtaining health and fitness-connected concerns after staying at the daycare.

MiMi's Child Care
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Detective Dana Saltkill and Detective Lee Miller both equally explained to Information 2 this is “very stunning.”

They consider caretakers have been giving kids, such as infants, melatonin at this daycare for about a few a long time.

“You know daycare, you’d believe getting their youngster there would be considerably secure, would be safe. After obtaining this out you form of seem back at it and say ‘hmm… there’s a whole lot of crimson flags that dad and mom didn’t decide up on,’” Detective Saltkill explained. “As quickly as we started off investigating we realized what to glimpse for, so we acquired into it.”

“There are some mother and father that have mentioned their small children have suffered perhaps from the melatonin that they’d been specified,” explained Detective Lee Miller. “So, we’re even now investigating that.”

Detective Miller reported they believe that about 27 little ones ended up provided melatonin in excess of the span of the time the daycare has been open up, but they consider there could be much more little ones.

A lookup warrant was executed April 28 at the daycare. May perhaps 5, Jaime Clark, 45, Kristin Clark, 22, Jordan Darnell, 22, and Ethan Pulley, 21, ended up taken into custody and billed.

  • Jaime Clark
  • Kristin Clark
  • Jordan Darnell
  • Ethan Pulley

Jamie Clark, Kristin Clark and Jordan Darnell are charged with little one abuse/neglect, contributing to the delinquency of a insignificant, tampering with evidence and felony violations. Pulley was charged with fabricating/tampering with evidence.

The daycare surrendered its license May 2, 2022 and is now closed, in accordance to the Tennessee Division of Human Solutions.

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This investigation is nevertheless ongoing.

Investigators question everyone with a child at that daycare or everyone who has much more info on the situation to remember to connect with the Stewart’s County Sheriff’s Business office.