Teachers allegedly gave children melatonin-laced gummy bears

The three teachers have been charged after they allegedly gave children melatonin lace gummy bears.
The three teachers have been charged after they allegedly gave children melatonin lace gummy bears. Photo credit: Des Plaines Illinois Police

Three teachers at an Illinois day care have been charged after they allegedly distributed gummy bears laced with melatonin to children without parental consent.

Police arrived to the Kiddie Junction Daycare Centre in Des Plaines, Illinois last Friday after a report of a suspicious incident.

They say gummy bears containing melatonin were given to a class of two-year-olds without parental consent so they would calm down before nap time.

The teachers, 32-year-old Kristen Lauletta, 19-year-old Jessica Heyse and 25-year-old Ashley Helfenbein have each been charged with two counts of endangering the life or health of a child and two counts of battery. 

They are due to appear in court on April 4.

The teachers admitted distributing the melatonin and did not think it was inappropriate as they were an over-the-counter sleep aid, police say.

The parents of each child at the day care had been contacted by police.

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