WATCH: Sue’s Day Care in Durant, Oklahoma is accused of giving Benadryl to infants to make them sleepy. Rachel Salyer reports.
A daycare centre in Durant, Oklahoma is under investigation after a former employee alerted authorities that the owner was allegedly giving Benadryl to infants to make them fall asleep.
Investigator Jeff Wilson from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said Sue’s Day Care was being investigated for child abuse charges and has recommended the District Attorney file charges against Beverly Sue Stair, the daycare’s owner.
Wilson said other former employees have come forward to corroborate the allegations as well.
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“They’ve come and confessed to what was going on in the daycare, and all stated that they were ordered to give this by the owner,” he told NBC affiliate KTEN.
Leslee Meade, a mother who sent her eight-month-old to the daycare, said her son was coming home in an unusual state, alarming her so much that she considered taking him to the hospital.
“I noticed that he was coming home extremely tired,” she told CBS affiliate KXII. “After he’d eat, he’d go to sleep at say, six o’clock, and wouldn’t wake up until six the next morning.”
Meade said the Department of Human Services alerted her to the accusations, explaining that Child Welfare Services had found Benadryl in the nursery in an unmarked bottle.
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The day care was ordered to shut down last Friday pending an investigation.
Calls made to Sue’s Day Care by Global News were not answered and went to voicemail.
Wilson said there were seven children affected by the day care. None sustained major injuries.
“Had something happened, it would have changed everybody’s lives forever,” said Meade.