Westerville Childcare Director Accused Of Drugging Children
By: Alex Mazer, Multimedia Content Producer - email
Tammy Eppley is accused of crushing medications and mixing them with food served to children at her in-home childcare business.
WESTERVILLE, Ohio -
A Westerville woman is facing six counts of endangering children after she
allegedly drugged children at a child care center operated out of her home.
Tammy Elaine Eppley, 37, is accused of crushing medications and supplements,
including melatonin and an antihistamine, used for the purpose of causing
drowsiness, and mixing it into prepared food for the children at her childcare
center, Caterpillar Clubhouse.
Detectives say Eppley allegedly mixed Benadryl and melatonin into pancake
batter and cooked it for the children.
Eppley was caring for a total of six children, including her 2-year-old
child, at her childcare center.
Detectives say their investigation began on April 11 after a friend of
Eppley's called Franklin County Children Services to report her for giving the
children over the counter antihistamine and melatonin.
It is alleged that Eppley was mixing the drugs with the children's food between
February 14 and April 11, according to police.
A Westerville detective tells NBC4
Eppley told investigators that the parents of five of the children had given
her permission to use the over the counter medications. The parents of all five
children deny Eppley's claim.
Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center, Henry Spiller, tells NBC4 the mixture of drugs Eppley
allegedly gave to the children could cause drowsiness and even restrict a child's
children could have pre-existing medical conditions, where this could have
affected [them]. They could have been on other medications. The parents could've been given them other
of the children in the daycare sustained injuries or illness, according to
Eppley was arrested at her Westerville home in the 80 block of Fairdale
Eppley had not registered her daycare center with the City of Westerville as
required by the zoning department, according to police.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family services says Eppley was not required
to have a state license to run a daycare because she only cared for six