January Neatherlin, 32, accused of running an illegal daycare in Bend, Oregon, where she would leave the children unattended, so she could go tanning and do CrossFit, is sentenced to 21 years, four months in prison. (Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office via AP, file)
A 32-year-old woman who abandoned young children — some just six months old, and in her illegal daycare in Bend, Oregon, to sunbathe and to do CrossFit is sentenced to 21 years, four months in prison.
January Neatherlin was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in February to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault.
Neatherlin was arrested last year after police found seven children under the age of five left unattended at its center called Little Giggles.
Authorities say they forced the children to take melatonin to induce sleep, before heading out to work on her self-care.
“They repeatedly administered a sleep aid to be in a room full of babies, toddlers and children, and drove in her car to meet her narcissistic needs. There is no room in our society for monsters like this. January has no respect for human life,” one of the parents said, according to KTVZ.
January Neatherlin, 32, was sentenced to 21 years, four months in prison, was running the illegal childcare operation for about four years, and she has also lied to the parents about the fact that a nurse, but had no qualifications.
According to KTVZ, Judge Wells Ashby pointed to the destruction Neatherlin the actions of the cause of the families. Ashby, said the aftermath of her crimes has led to broken relationships, behavioral problems, and financial struggle.
A family said their daughter suffered a brain injury, consistent with shaken baby syndrome, while in Neatherlin care; other parents say that their children found it difficult to sleep after Neatherlin, they carried out the drug, according to KTVZ.
Neatherlin was running the illegal childcare operation for about four years, and she has also lied to the parents about the fact that a nurse, but had no degree, according to The Oregonian.
State records showed the company was investigated twice since 2014, the well-being of children to be able to save.
On the basis of tips by an ex-boyfriend and former roommate, Bend police looked Neatherlin last March to leave the centre twice, while she was supposed to watch the seven children, according to The Oregonian.
Neatherlin had told the parents they were not allowed to pick-up or drop-off their children between 11 pm and 2 am; police checked CrossFit and Tan Republic records, to discover those hours that they are referred to as nap-time is when they would leave the center, according to The Oregonian.
January Neatherlin, 32, was sentenced to 21 years, four months in prison, apologized to the court for its acts of negligence.
In the court Neatherlin apologized for telling families that they had them and let them down.
“Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone takes responsibility for those errors. With that said, I hope the judge and the parents accept my apology. I have a very bad call, and it’s forever changed my life and even ended,” Neatherlin said, according to KTVZ.
The other counts of criminal abuse for incidents with children.
Neatherlin has prior felony identity theft convictions under the names January Livsey and January Brooks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.