Four New Hampshire daycare workers arrested for drugging children with sleep aids (VIDEO) | The Gateway expert

The owner and three employees of an unlicensed daycare in New Hampshire were arrested Thursday for allegedly lacing children's food with melatonin.

Sally Dreckmann, 52, the childcare owner, and her employees Traci Innie, 51; Kaitlin Filardo, 23; and Jessica Foster, 23, have all been charged with 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Manchester Police, the melatonin was given to the children without the knowledge or consent of their parents.

KFOX 14 reports: “Dreckmann's arrest comes after a lengthy investigation after Manchester Police detectives received a tip in November 2023 about 'unsafe practices' at the child care center at 316 Amory Street.”

Melatonin is an over-the-counter medication used to induce sleep.

“This is an over-the-counter drug that can be given as a sleep aid, but the fact that it is being given to children without the knowledge or consent of parents is deeply concerning,” said Manchester Police spokesperson Heather Hamel. told local station WHDH.

Hamel said that the melatonin was sprinkled into the children's food during lunch.

KFOX notes: “It is unknown how much melatonin was used and how long the suspects used melatonin on the children.”

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