To boot, she was accused of giving the young children melatonin so they would be subdued while she was at the tanning salon.
Bend police began watching Neatherlin last March after her former boyfriend and a former roommate reported her behavior.
Prosecutors initially recommended a 35-year prison sentence for Neatherlin.
The sentencing hearing came almost one year after police investigators found seven children under five years old drugged and unattended at Neatherlin's unlicensed Little Giggles Day Care while she was at a tanning salon. The Bend Bulletin reports 32-year-old January Neatherlin was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in February to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and a count of third-degree assault.
None of the children in her care sustained any permanent damage from being given melatonin, according to the Tribune. She would then leave the kids behind to visit the tanning salon, participate in CrossFit classes or conduct other errands, the court heard. She had also lied to parents about being a registered nurse, even though she had no such qualifications. The parent of the little girl, Audrey Torrance, said she was left with blisters on the mouth and shoulders.
It added ever since her arrest, the criminal has been approaching inmates to vouch for working at her daycare.
Neatherlin was described in court as having an "ongoing, systematic scheme of doing what she wanted and getting what she wanted, without any concern for the danger she was placing others in".
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"Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody takes responsibility for those mistakes", Neatherlin said, according to the news station. With that said, I hope the court and the parents accept my apology.
It's unclear if she told them about her criminal record, which went back to 2007, when she was charged with "multiple instances of theft and identity theft", according to media reports.
Bend Police Department Sergeant Devin Lewis said one of the children found in Neatherlin's home was covered in vomit which he said "was shocking".
"I don't know what could bring a person to do what she's done to the most helpless and innocent people in our society", he said. Neatherlin had overheated a bottle of milk in the microwave, scalding the child.
This isn't Neatherlin's first offense.
Almost a dozen parents testified against January Neatherlin, 32, as she appeared in court in OR on Friday, March 9.