An Oregon daycare operator was just indicted on over 100 counts after allegedly leaving children as young as six months old alone repeatedly over eight days to go to a tanning salon and the gym.
31-year-old January Neatherlin was, to be more specific, indicted on 76 counts of criminal mistreatment and 38 counts of reckless endangerment.
Ms. Neatherlin had been arrested last week after cops found seven kids ranging in age from six months to four years alone in her home where she operated Little Giggles Daycare.
She’d done so on at least eight different occasions between March 3rd and March 15th, the day she was taken into custody, after authorities got a tip and decided to keep an eye on the home.
Officers would watch as parents dropped off their kids, then saw Ms. Neatherlin drive off a few hours later. Cops then moved in, for the safety of the children, and found them alone.
Little Giggles Daycare had already been investigated two other times by state child welfare advocates.
In 2014, she was found caring for more children than is allowed by law before needing a license. She was told to drop that number to three children or less.
In 2015, she was investigated again for a similar offense, but no evidence was found.
She did get a business license in 2010, but it expired in 2012 and was never renewed.
She’s been ordered to have no contact with seven specific children, their parents, can have no unsupervised contact with her own son, a minor, and avoid minors in public.
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