A worker at a church daycare have been convicted of lacing children's candy with melatonin to get them to sleep. A co-worker has also been convicted of child endangerment.
Donna Scott, a former Ohio church daycare worker, has been convicted of child endangerment, by adding a dietary supplement, melatonin, to the children's candy.
According to prosecutors, Scott and a co-worker wanted the kids to sleep to make their job easier by putting melatonin in the candy.
The side effects of the naturally occurring hormone, melatonin, include dizziness and nightmares.
According to CBS News, Scott faces sentencing on Sept. 15 on three counts of child endangering, which carries a maximum possible penalty of six months in jail.
It was stated by Scott’s attorney that although she used poor judgment, she didn’t commit a crime. He also stated that parents should be upset about this situation.
Scott’s co-worker was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted for misrepresentation by a child care provider and child endangering.