BEND, OREGON (Fox 32 News) - A 32-year-old woman who abandoned young children at her illegal day care in Oregon to go tanning and to go do CrossFit has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.
January Neatherlin was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and a count of third-degree assault.
Neatherlin was arrested last year after police found seven children younger than five left unattended at her center.
Prosecutors say she forced the children to take melatonin so they would sleep while she left them alone.
Neatherlin had been running this unauthorized daycare for years, and had lied to parents about being a nurse.